And you thought hyphenated names were long

Long name that won’t fit license prompts changes

A Hawaii island woman’s last name is a real mouthful, containing 36 characters and 19 syllables in all. And it’s so long that she couldn’t get a driver’s license with her correct name.

Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is in the midst of a fight with state and local officials to ensure that her full name gets listed on a license or ID card. Her name is pronounced: KAY’-ee-hah-nah-EE’-coo-COW’-ah-KAH’-hee-HOO’-lee-heh-­eh-KAH’-how-NAH-eh-leh.

The documents have room for only 35 characters. Her name has 35 letters plus an okina, a diacritical mark used in the Hawaiian alphabet.

So Hawaii County instead issued her driver’s license and her state ID with the last letter of her name chopped off. And it omitted her first name.

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