Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Long Hawaiian Names

One of my characters in the Sonny Knight series is Kai. I never actually type his last name but I mention it is very long. At one point he reveals an ancestor disgruntled with bureaucracy changed his name to an extremely long one specifically to meddle with official government forms.

My inspiration for this detail was Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihulihe'ekahaunaele, who won an epic legal battle to have her entire name printed on her driver's license.

I can read her name just fine, although my pronunciation may be considerably imperfect.

Just don't ask me to read anything in Welsh.

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