TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN NAMES

Traditional Hawaiian names have specific meanings and are usually given to a person at birth by a kupuna (family elder) or by their parents. A traditional Hawaiian birth name is typically chosen based on the following:
inoa po: name in the night; a name received in a dream
inoa ho’ailona: name in a sign; a name received in the form of a vision, mystic sign, natural phenomenon
inoa ‘ulaleo: voiced name; a name heard
inoa ho’omanao: commemorative name for an event or to honor a person
inoa kupuna: a name handed down; of an ancestor
inoa ewe: a name based on traits or personality

Traditional Hawaiian names are commonly given as first and/or middle names by both Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians in Hawaii and beyond. Below are some of the more popular traditional Hawaiian names.

Name and phonetic sound

Meaning

Name and phonetic sound

Meaning

`Auli`i
[au lee' ee]

Dainty, Cute, Exquisite, Cute, Perfect, Trim, Nice

Lana
[lah nah]

Calm as still waters

Lanakila
[lah nah key lah]

Victorious

Aikane
[ai kah' neh]

Friend

Lea
[lay ah]

Mythological goddess of canoe builders

Ailani
[ah ee law nee]

High Chief

Leia
[lay ee ah]

Child of Heaven

Alana
[ah law nah]

Awakening

Leialoha
[lay a low ha]

Beloved Child

Ali'ikai
[ah lee 'ee kai]

King or Queen of the Sea

Leilani
[lay lah nee]

Heavenly Lei; Royal Child

Alohi
[ah low hee]

Brilliant

Luana
[loo on ah]

Content; Happy

Anuhea
[ah new hay ah]

Cool and Fragrant

Lulua`ina
[loo loo (w)ah' ee nah]

Freckles

Aolani
[a oh law nee]

A Heavenly Cloud

Maka Koa
[mah' kah koh' (w)ah]

Bold, Fierce

`Eleu
[eh' leu]

Alert, Lively, Energetic, Spry, Nimble, Agile

Maka Launa
[mah' kah lau' nah]

Friendly

Hau'oli
[how ol ee]

Joy, Happy

Maka Nani
[mah ka nah nee]

Beautiful Eyes

Hawika
[hah vee ka]

Beloved

Maka
[mah' kah]

Favorite One

Hepualaha'ole
[heh pooh ah lah ha oh lay]

Uncommon Flower

Makaha
[mah' kah hah]

Fierce, Ferocious, Savage

Hiapo
[hi ah poh]

First Born

Makamae
[mah kah mae']

Precious, Cherished

Hiwalani
[he wah law nee]

The Attractive One

Makana
[mah kah' nah]

Gift

Hiwahiwa
[hee' vah hee' vah]

Precious, Beloved, Darling, Indulged, Favorite

Makani
[mah kah nee]

Wind

Hokuikekai
[hoh' koo' ee keh kai]

Star of the Sea

Makani
[mah kaw nee]

The Wind

Ho'opono
[ho oh poh no]

Faithful

Malana
[mah law nah]

Calming, Soothing

Ikaika
[ee kai' kah]

Strong, Powerful

Malie
[mah lee ee]

Calm

Iolana
[ee oh law na]

To Soar Like a Hawk

Malu Lani
[mah loo law nee]

Protected by Heaven

Ka Hiwa
[kah hee vah]

The Favorite One

Maluhia
[mah loo hee ah]

Peaceful

Ka Nui
[kah new ee]

The Greatest

Mano
[mah no]

Shark, Passionate Lover

Ka Pua
[kah poo ah]

The Blossom

Mea A`a
[meh (y)ah ah' ah]

Adventurer

Kau'i
[kah ooh ee]

The Beauty

Meli
[meh' lee]

Honey

Kaila
[kah ee lah]

Style

Miliani
[me lee on nee]

Gentle Carress

Kaimana
[kai mah nah]

Divine Power of the Sea

Na`auao
[nah au (w)ao']

Intelligent

Kaimi
[kah ee mee]

The Seeker

Nahoa
[nah hoh' (w)ah]

Defiant, Bold

Kalani
[kah law ee]

Of the Heavens, Chieftain

Nalani
[nah lah nee]

The Calm of the Skys

Kalea
[kah lee ah]

Bright

Nani
[nah' nee]

Beautiful, Pretty

Kamea
[kah may ah]

The One and Only

Niele
[nee' (y)eh leh]

Curious

Kanunu
[kah new new]

The Strong One

Noa
[noh' (w)ah]

Free, Freedom

Kapa`a
[kah pah' ah]

The Firm, The Steadfast

Noelani
[no eh lah nee]

Beautiful Girl from Heaven

Kei
[kei]

Dignified

Nohea
[no hay ah]

Loveliness

Keilani
[kay ee law nee]

Glorious Chief

Nui
[nui]

Big, Large, Great, Important

Kekipi
[keh kee' pee]

The Rebel

Okalani
[oh kah lah nee]

From Heaven

Kekoa
[keh koh' (w)ah]

The Brave, The Courageous

Palani
[pah law nee]

A Free Man

Keli'i
[key lee ee]

The Chief

Pauo'le
[pow oh lay]

Never Ending

Koa
[koh' (w)ah]

Brave, Bold, Fearless

Pili Lani
[pee lee lah nee]

Close to Heaven

Konani
[co naw nee]

Bright

Pilialoha
[pee lee ah loh' ha]

Close Friend

Ku'uaki
[koo' oo (w)ah' kee]

Guardian

Po`okela
[poh oh keh lah]

Champion, Best, Foremost, Superior

Ku`u Hoaloha `Oi
[koo' oo hoh (wah) loh' hah oi]

My Best Friend

Polunu
[poh' loo noo]

Chubby

Ku`u Maka
[koo' oo mah' kah]

Apple of My Eye

Pomaika`i
[poh' mai kah' ee]

Lucky, Blessing, Good Fortune, Blessed, Prosperous

Ku'oko'a
[koo oh koh ah]

Independent

Pono
[poh no]

Righteous

Kupa`a
[koo' pah ah]

Loyal

Pua
[poo' (w)ah]

Flower

Ku'uipo
[koo oo ee poh]

Sweetheart

Pualani
[poo ah law nee]

Heaven's Flower; Heavenly Flower

Lae`ula
[lae oo' lah]

Clever

Puanani
[poo ah naw nee]

Beautiful Flower

Laka
[lah' kah]

Gentle, Tame

Punahele
[poo nah heh' leh]

Favorite

Lalama
[lah lah' mah]

Daring, Fearless, Clever

Ualoheke Akua
[oo' (w)ah loh' heh keh ah koo' (w)ah]

God Has Listened

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