What?s in a name? A lot here in Hawaii
by Dave Lancaster
posted May 17 2013 12:04PM
Each year, the list of top baby names in Hawaii mirrors the Social Security Administration's national list. However, Hawaii is unique in a sense that even though our first names tend to be similar, we reflect our culture in our middle names." According to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data, ten percent identified with being Native Hawaiian or a Pacific Islander. The most popular Hawaiian middle names given to boys born in 2012 to one or both parents of Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian ancestry include Kaimana, Ikaika, Kalani, Kamuela and Kekoa. For girls, Kealohilani, Mahealani, Kaiulani, Lokelani and Noelani topped the list.