By Mirembe Martina
A Hawaiian woman has won a court battle to keep her 35 lettered name.
Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele managed to persuade the Pacific island US state’s authorities to change their official ID card format, because her sur-name won’t fit.
Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele’s traditional Hawaiian name comes from her late husband and does not consider using a shortened version of the name. “I love the Polynesian culture I married into, I love my Hawaiian name. It is an honor and has been quite a journey to carry the names I carry,” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, whose maiden name was Worth said.
For years she has carried two forms of identification: her driving license, which only has room for 34 characters, and her official Hawaii state ID card which in the past had room for all 35 letters. However, a problem emerged when her state ID was renewed in May and came back the same as her driver’s license, with the last letter missing, and with no first name.
When a traffic cop pulled her over, questions emerged. “The policeman looked at my license and saw I had no first name. I told him it is not my fault that my license and state ID are not correct and I am trying to get it corrected. He then told me ‘Well, you can always change your name back to your maiden name.”