The problems of having a name like Janice Lokelani Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele
How many times have you found yourself fighting against bureaucracy and their absurd rules and regulations?
This is a story of a woman that has a very long name Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele and the problems she is having because of it. .
Over the past 20-years, Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele has been forced to carry two separate IDS - a state ID card and a driver's license.
The driver's license was printed with an abbreviated version of her family name, one less letter, while her first and middle name are completely left off.
Her state ID card instead, carried her full name after the Hawaiian Governor's office allowed her special dispensation, but the card expired in May, and her problems began when her new ID card featured the abbreviated version of her name, exactly like her driver’s license.
Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele claims the county is being ‘disrespectful’ towards to her late husband’ heritage, and is frustrated because they asked her asked her to use just her maiden name or shorten her last name because it doesn't fit on her driver's license
The absurd situation has caused her several problems, including not being able to travel and being questioned by police during traffic stops, because her entire name isn’t present.
’He looked at it and he goes, “Well, where is your first name?” And I said, “Don’t blame me. This is your department, this is the county”.’
“The county has never accommodated my name on my driver’s license,” said Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele to Honolulu television station KHON2 Action Line.
After the TV station contacted the local Department of Transport (the power of the press) on the issue, officials reported that they would by the end of the year, increase the number of letters on the ID cards to 40-characters.
“We have been made aware of that issue and I know right now they are working to extend that limit to, I believe, 40 characters so that issue can be resolved,” DOT spokesperson Caroline Sluyter said.