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What Would You Do If You Weren't Allowed To Put Your Full Name...

Posted by on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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On your license?

Hawaii driver's licenses haven't garnered this much attention since McLovin made his debut.

Now the Hawaii Department of Transportation is under the microscope for shortening a woman's 35-letter-long last name.For the past 20 years, Janice has had to carry two IDs -- a state ID card and a driver's license. Her Hawaii driver's license dropped one letter in her last name and didn't even include her first or middle names. In the past, the governor's office made a special adjustment to accommodate her full name on her state ID, but when that expired in May, her new state ID came back incomplete, just like her driver's license.

This, as you could imagine, makes things like traffic stops and travel difficult. Describing a recent traffic stop, Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele told KHON2 News that the police officer “looked at [the ID] and he goes, ‘Well, where is your first name?’ And I said, ‘Don’t blame me. This is your department, this is the county.’

”Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele has been told by the county to shorten or change her name, to which, shetold KHON, she responded, "How disrespectful of the Hawaiian people!"Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele was married to a Hawaiian man who is now deceased, and the name is not only how she honors his memory, but also his heritage. In an old email to a tool supplier that Gawker dug up,Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele wrote:You see, to some people in the world, your name is everything. If I say my name to an elder Hawaiian (kupuna), they know everything about my husband's family going back many generations ... just from the name. When the name is sliced up, changed or altered it distorts the intention and meaning that the name represents. Unfortunately, many people have been shamed into hiding their real names because they don't fit in with the dominant culture's lack of respect for the name.

A Department of Transportation Spokesperson told KHON2 that they are working to expand the number of characters allowed on a driver's license to 40. 


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/11/hawaii-drivers-license_n_3910051.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news
by on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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mom2many747
by Gold Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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anon71
by Gold Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Why is this even an issue?

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Sep. 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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How in the hell do you pronounce that? Do her friends and family say her full name or do they shorten it? (Not asking you op.)

I can understand why they wouldn't put it in her license. It is a bit long.
bowribbonmama
by Ruby Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Not her fault it's so long. Next she'll be dinged for fraud.
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VannaMae307
by on Sep. 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Holy wow and I thought a 17 letter Italian last name would be hard for a kid to learn. I wonder what grade she was in when she finally learned to spell/write that? (rhetorical question)

armywifey1983
by Silver Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

That is a LONG name.. but that never gives anyone the right to shorten it on a legal photo ID! I hope things get straightened out for her.

Sassy762
by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Sep. 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I'm glad my names combined aren't that long, lol

                              


lnrmom
by Ruby Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

 She married into the name. It's her deceased spouse's name. How does she sign her name or fit her name on applications for anything?


Quoting VannaMae307:

Holy wow and I thought a 17 letter Italian last name would be hard for a kid to learn. I wonder what grade she was in when she finally learned to spell/write that? (rhetorical question)


 

TableforSeven
by Platinum Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I am suddenly greatful for my 15 letter TOTAL English name.  And even more greatful for my 7 letter total Hebrew name!

cateringtomel
by Anna_Elijah on Sep. 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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This is how I read the name...
K-anxkchrckggnrwnsncgmrsnjxjcgqodnthdkent
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