Hawaiian Background

Polynesians first inhabited this majestic island over a thousand years ago. They traveled the open ocean for thousands of miles with only the stars as their guide. Many years later the famous British captain James Cook would visit the island and refer to it as the “Sandwich Islands”. Many years later would Hawaii become a US territory and the official 50th Aloha State. Its customary for Hawaiian parents to include elders and other family in deciding on the name of their children (BellyBallot-esque before there was BellyBallot!). The names have very specific meanings based on mystic symbols, ancestral dreams, and commemorative events. Their unique appeal is appreciated by Hawaiians and Non-Hawaiians alike.