Thursday, 19 September 2013

Hawaiian Woman Told To Shorten Name That's Too Long For Driving Licence

A Hawaiian woman has been left outraged
after state officials asked her to cut down her
36-letter surname – because it wouldn't fit on
the ID card.
Furious Janice Lokelani
Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele
claims the state has been 'disrespectful'
towards her Hawaiian heritage after being
reissued an ID card with only 35 letters in her
surname.
Her name is so long that the driving licence in
question does not even include her first name
and middle names at all.
Mrs Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele,
who has had to carry two ID cards for the past
20 years, said that the action of missing off one
letter was 'disrespectful of the Hawaiian
people'.
'The county has never accommodated my
name on my driver's license,' she told
Honolulu television station KHON2.
She said the new ID has created a number of
problems for her, including not being able to
travel and being questioned by police during
traffic.
'He looked at it and he goes, "Well, where is
your first name?" And I said, "Don't blame me.
This is your department, this is the county".'
Mrs Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele
said that she has been told by the country to
take her maiden name or shorten her last
name. But she wants to keep the name as a
tribute to her late husband.
After the TV station that originally reported
the story pressured the local Department of
Transport on the issue, officials said they will
extend ID cards to a 40-character limit.

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