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January 25, 2014 Weird & Wacky No Comments Email Email

IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says local authorities in Hawaii have finally acceded to a local’s repeated request to increase the number of boxes on her Driver’s Licence so she can fit in her full name, one that’s somewhat of a tongue-twister.

54-year old Janice Lokelani Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele could only fit only 34 of the 35 letters of her surname into boxes on her Driver’s Licence and no first or middle names, but Hawaii’s Department of Transport has now increased the number of boxes so she can have her full surname and Janice and Lokelani as well.

And now she’s also onto the Social Security Department for more boxes on its card too, so she can be properly recorded there – but even if she wins that war, she’ll still have problems if she wants to travel internationally: machine-readable Passports have space for a maximum of 39 characters in total for first, middle and surname – and her full name exceeds this maximum by ten characters.

Ms Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele acquired her long surname when she married her late husband, who died in 2008, and says it means “one who would stand up and get people to focus in one direction when there was chaos and confusion about them, and help them emerge from disorder.”

With what she’s achieved from Hawaii’s Department of Transport, it seems appropriate.

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