The most important baby names in Hawaii last year will sound familiar

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Where Traditional Hawaiian Names Originate

There are six basic sources for traditional Hawaiian baby names:

  • inoa po – a name received by the new parents or a family member in a dream
  • inoa ho’ailona – name received in a vision or mystical sign
  • inoa ‘ulaleo – a name heard from a mystical voice
  • inoa ho’omanao – a name given to commemorate an event
  • inoa kupuna – a name handed down from an ancestor
  • inoa ewe – a name based on the baby’s personality traits

Traditional Hawaiian Baby Names

These traditional names are perfect for Hawaiian babies.

  • Ailani – (high chief)
  • Aolani – (a heavenly cloud)
  • Eleu – (alert, lively)
  • Ikaika – (strong, powerful)
  • Kamea – (the one and only)
  • Keilani – (glorious chief)
  • Koa – (brave, fearless)
  • Lulua ‘ina – (freckles)
  • Makana – (gift)
  • Malie – (calm)
  • Nani – (beautiful)
  • Polunu – (chubby)
  • Ualoheke Akua – (God has listened)

Gender Neutral Hawaiian Baby Names

These names work for boys or girls.

  • A’ala – (fragrant)
  • Ahe – (softly blowing breeze)
  • Ahuahu – (healthy)
  • A’ia’i – (bright like the moon)
  • ‘Ailana – (island)
  • Ainakea – (white land)
  • Akahi – (for the first time)
  • ‘Akau – (north or right)
  • Io lani – (royal hawk)
  • Makani – (the wind)
  • ‘Olina – (joyful)

Hawaiian Middle Names for Girls and Boys

Consider gifting your child with a beautiful Hawaiian middle name.

  • Ali’ikai – (queen/king of the Sea)
  • Inoa – (namesake)
  • Ka Hiwa – (sacred vine)
  • Kamea – (the one and only)
  • Kaulana – (famous)
  • Kealoha – (the loved one)
  • Keone – (the sand)
  • Ku`u Hoaloha `Oi – (my best friend)
  • Ku`u Maka – (the apple of my eye)
  • Hali’a – (remembrance of a loved one)
  • Hiapo – (first born)
  • Maka – (favorite one)
  • Pilialoha – (close friend)
  • Punahele – (favorite)

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