128 Beautiful Hawaiian Baby Names

Michele Meleen
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Are you looking for a list of Hawaiian baby names? The Hawaiian language is a beautiful one, and it is possible to find a number of Hawaiian baby names with meanings that will suit the personality of your baby. Hawaiian baby names are names that are in the Hawaiian language. True traditional Hawaiian names are unisex in nature, although names have evolved in such a way that girls typically have certain names, as do boys.

Traditional Hawaiian Names

Traditionally, names have been carefully chosen in the Hawaiian culture by elders, a close family member, or the new parents. All traditional Hawaiian names are genderless and were subject to change later as life circumstances changed.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ali'ikai - (Queen/King of the Sea)
  • Inoa - (namesake)
  • Ka Hiwa - (the favorite one)
  • Kamea - (the one and only)
  • Kaulana - (famous)
  • Kealoha - (the loved one)
  • Keone - (the homeland)
  • Ku`u Hoaloha `Oi - (my best friend)
  • Ku`u Maka - (the apple of my eye)
  • Halia - (remembrance of a loved one)
  • Hiapo - (first born)
  • Maka - (favorite one)
  • Pilialoha - (close friend)
  • Punahele - (favorite)

Hawaiian Baby Names for Girls

In 2017 the most popular girl names in Hawaii weren't Hawaiian names at all, they include Emma, Olivia, and Aria. However, some of the top 100 girl names are still Hawaiian. Many modern parents choose a Hawaiian name as their daughter's middle name paired with a common first name. Whatever name you choose a for your little girl, it's sure to sound beautiful.

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Popular Girl Names in Hawaii

  • Kaia - number 24,(the sea)
  • Leilani - number 30, (heavenly flower)
  • Kailani - number 32, (sea and sky)
  • Kalena - number 38, (pure)
  • Mahina - number 45, (moon)
  • Heavenly Hawaiian Names for Girls

  • Alana - (an offering)
  • Anela - (angel)
  • Aolani - (heavenly cloud)
  • Haunai - (heavenly dew)
  • Iolani - (bird of heaven)
  • Kaili - (a deity)
  • Kiana - (moon goddess)
  • Laka - (Goddess of the hula)
  • Lani - (heaven or sky)
  • Lanikai - (heavenly sea)
  • Noelani - (heavenly mist or a beautiful girl from heaven)
  • Okalani - (from heaven)
  • Okelani - (from heaven)
  • Wanika - (God's gracious gift)
  • Wehiani - (heavenly adornment)

Hawaiian Nature Names for Girls

  • Alanna - (rock)
  • Alaula - (light of dawn)
  • Anani - (orange tree)
  • Anuenu - (rainbow)
  • Haleigha - (house of the rising sun)
  • Iolana - (to soar like an eagle)
  • Kalama - (flaming torch)
  • Moana - (ocean)
  • Nalani - (the calm of the skies)
  • Palila - (bird)
  • Wainani - (beautiful water)

Hawaiian Flower Names for Babies

  • Illima - (flower)
  • Kapua - (blossom)
  • Ke'ala - (fragrant)
  • Kiele - (gardenia)
  • Lei - (Path of Lei's)
  • Lokelani - (small red rose)
  • Oliana - (oleander)
  • Pikake - (jasmine)
  • Pua - (flower)
  • Pualani - (heavenly flower)
  • Roselani - (heavenly rose)

Hawaiian Names With Special Meaning for Girls

  • Apikaila - (my father is joy)
  • Ahonui - (patience)
  • Akela - (noble)
  • Alamea - (precious)
  • Aloha - (love)
  • Alohi - (brilliant)
  • Edena - (renewal or rejuvenation)
  • Haimi - (the seeker)
  • Kalea - (bright)
  • Kanani - (beautiful)
  • Kanoa - (free)
  • Kawena - (the glow)
  • Keandra - (meaning unknown)
  • Keilana - (adored one)
  • Konane - (bright)
  • Malia - (calm)
  • Malu - (peacefulness)
  • Mele - (poem)
  • Mily - (beautiful)
  • Peni - (weaver)
  • Uluwehi - (growing in beauty)

Hawaiian Baby Boy Names

The top baby boy names in 2017 in Hawaii weren't Hawaiian at all and include Liam, Noah, and Mason, but a few Hawaiian names did make the Top 100 list. Choosing a baby boy name from Hawaiian options usually involves picking out names with a more masculine sound or meaning.

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Popular Boy Names in Hawaii

  • Kai - number 17, (sea)
  • Kainalu - number 78, (ocean that billows)
  • Kaimana - number 89, (diamond)
  • Kainoa - number 90, (the name)
  • Kaleo - number 98, (sound, voice)

Strong Hawaiian Names for Boys

  • A'amakualenalena - (swift, strong warrior)
  • Alaka'I - (guide or leader)
  • Alekanekeio - (defending man)
  • Alika - (defender of mankind)
  • Alemana - (powerful man)
  • Anadare - (man)
  • Anakale - (man)
  • Ano - (awe, reverence)
  • Haoa - (chief)
  • Ka'eo - (victory)
  • Kale - (strong and manly)
  • Kekipi - (rebel)
  • Kekoa - (brave one)
  • Keli'l - (the chief)
  • Klei - (vigilant)
  • Lokela - (famous warrior)
  • Malkeo - (manly)
  • Nikolao - (victory of the people)
  • Pekelo - (stone)

Heavenly Hawaiian Names for Boys

  • Ai'la'ausd - (fire God)
  • Apekalmoa - (my father is peace)
  • Apikai - (gift of the father)
  • Iokepa - (God will multiply)
  • Ionakana - (God gives)
  • Kalani - (of the heavens)
  • Keaka - (God's gracious gift)
  • Keona - (God's gracious gift)
  • Kimokea - (honoring God)
  • Lono - (God of the harvest)
  • Mililani - (heavenly caress)

Hawaiian Nature Names for Boys

  • Akamu - (red earth)
  • Alapai - (elf counsel)
  • Alevina - (friend of elves)
  • Aukai - (seafarer)
  • Kahoku - (star)
  • Kala - (the sun)
  • Kalama - (the torch)
  • Kamakani - (the wind)
  • Keola - (life)
  • Kiele - (gardenia)
  • Kona - (south)
  • Koukakala - (dark river)
  • Mahi'ai - (farmer)
  • Makani - (the wind)
  • Mamo - (yellow bird)
  • Manu - (bird)
  • Nahele - (forest)
  • Oliwa - (olive tree)
  • Onaona - (sweet fragrance)

Hawaiian Names With Special Meaning for Boys

  • Akela - (happy)
  • Akiliano - (from Hadria)
  • Akoni - (the Antonius)
  • Alekona - (old town)
  • Alebana -(from the city of Alba)
  • Aloiki - (famed)
  • Aloisi - (famed)
  • Amosa - (encumbered)
  • Apela - (breath)
  • Bane - (long-awaited child)
  • Ekewaka - (wealthy guardian)
  • Havika - (beloved)
  • Kahale - (home)
  • Kaholo - (the run)
  • Kaipo - (sweetheart)
  • Kamaka - (the face)
  • Kawika - (beloved)
  • Keawe - (strand)
  • Kekapa - (tapa cloth)
  • Kimo - (the supplanter)
  • Koma - (twin)
  • Konane - (bright)
  • Lopaka - (shining fame)
  • Meka - (eyes)
  • Nohea - (handsome)
  • Pakelika - (noble)
  • Palani - (free man)
  • Paulo - (little)

The Beauty in Baby Names

Whether you're from Hawaii, looking to connect with your Hawaiian roots, or just love the sound of these beautiful names, there's a Hawaiian name that's perfect for your baby. Keep in mind all of these names are technically considered genderless, so any name can work for any child.

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128 Beautiful Hawaiian Baby Names