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Nominative determinism: Janice ‘Lokelani’ Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele fights the licence police

by | 15th, September 2013

Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele

JANICE “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele’s (nee Worth) name won’t fit on her driving licence.

Hawaii government computer systems say ‘no’. Next year, the plan is that with advances in computing Jan’s name will fit on her driving licence and ID card. But for now, her name has been changed to comply with the 35 character limit. Says she:

“No-one ever gets away with chopping my name without hearing about it… The policeman looked at my licence and saw I had no first name. I told him it is not my fault that my licence 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.’ This hurt my heart. Over the last 22 years I have seen… the culture of Hawaii being trampled upon and this policeman treated my name as if it was mumbo-jumbo.”

Mumbo-Jumo would fit.

Ms Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said the policeman upset her because he was being “disrespectful of the Hawaiian people”.

Really? All of them?

Ms Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele – who married into the name in 1992 –  said that her name had many layers of meanings including “one who would stand up and get people to focus in one direction when there was chaos and confusion, and help them emerge from disorder”.

More nominative determinism every week. It’s more than her life’s worth…



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