Woman with long name wins bureaucratic battle


WOMAN WITH LONG NAME WINS BUREAUCRATIC BATTLE

HONOLULU (AP) -- What's in a name? When the name is Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele (KAY'-ee-hah-nah-EE'-coo-COW'-ah-KAH'-hee-HOO'-lee-heh-eh-KAH'-how-NAH'-eh-leh), 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 (KAY'-ee-hah-nah-EE'-coo-COW'-ah-KAH'-hee-HOO'-lee-heh-eh-KAH'-how-NAH'-eh-leh) fought to change the rule -- and now state policy allows 40 characters for last names, 40 for first names and 35 for middle names.