HAWAII – It seems the government’s been overstepping their powers for too long now — accessing our phone records, targeting tax forms of conservatives, even telling New Yorkers how much Coke to drink! But they may have finally gone too far.
In Hawaii, they asked a woman to shorten her name so it fits better on her driver’s license.
Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele — yes, that’s her last name. 35 letters long. So long, in fact, her county driver’s license showed up with no first or middle name and just part of her last.
It’s made traveling difficult and raised eyebrows on traffic cops when she’s been pulled over, “He looked at it and goes, ‘Well, where is your first name?’ And I said ‘Don’t blame me. This your department. This is the county.'”
Janice calls the county government’s suggestion she drop her last name disrespectful of the Hawaiian people. Plus– she says it’s the only thing she has left of her deceased husband.
But good news for Janice recently — the county decided to extend the letter limit on driver’s license names to 40 characters. In a state where names like Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele are as common Smith in the Midwest, it’s about time!
Now if we can just get the feds to stop tracking where we go online and who we call on the phone?! Yeah — good luck with that!