Hawaiian woman with VERY long name wins battle with state government

Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihulihe'ekahaunaele holds her Hawaii drivers license that lacks the space for her full name. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 in Ocean View, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Chris Stewart)

December 31, 2013 4:41:12 AM PST
What's in a name? When the name is Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, the answer is a LOT of letters. Like 36 in the last name alone.

And now the Hawaiian woman is able to have each and every letter of that freight-train of a name on her driver's license and state ID card. The state Department of Transportation had a policy that left room for names up to 35 characters. But her name has 35 letters, plus an okina - a mark used in the Hawaiian alphabet.

Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele fought to change the rule - and now state policy allows 40 characters for last names, 40 for first names and 35 for middle names.

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