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99 Stunning Hawaiian Names for Girls

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These Hawaiian girl names are as beautiful as the Hawaiian islands themselves!

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places in the world, known for its picturesque beaches and breathtaking tropical landscapes. Hawaiian girl names are just as beautiful, each encapsulating the Hawaiian spirit.

Because Hawaiian names for girls are so gorgeous, it can be challenging to pick just one! Luckily, we’ve got 99 of the best Hawaiian female names with their meanings, styles, and popularity rankings to help you narrow down your selection.


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99 Pretty Hawaiian Names for Girls

Keep reading to discover 99 adorable Hawaiian girl names for your baby-to-be!

Ailani

This powerful name has been rising in the States, receiving its highest ranking of #541 in 2020. Lovely nickname options are Ai, Aila, and Lani.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Chief
  • Pronunciation: EY-laa-niy
  • Variations: Aelani, Ailaney, Ailanie, Ailany, Aelany
  • Popularity: Ailani broke into the U.S. top 1,000 in 2016.
Beautiful, Strong

Aima

An attractive choice among our Hawaiian female names, Aima is the tropical version of Irma – a German name meaning “whole” or “universal.” It’s also Greenlandic for “coming home” and Arabic for “leader.” Aima is short n’ sweet, making it a winner in our books.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, German, Greenlandic, Arabic
  • Meaning: Universal, coming home, leader
  • Namesakes: Aima Baig, a Pakistani singer, and scriptwriter.
  • Popularity: Aima is most prevalent in Greenland, with 47 girls receiving the name in 2020.
Cute, Worldly

Akela

Akela is the Hawaiian version of Adela, derived from the French Adele, meaning “noble” or “high-born.” In Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi, Akela means “alone,” inspiring Rudyard Kipling to choose it for her lone-wolf character in The Jungle Book.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi
  • Meaning: Noble, alone
  • Pronunciation: uh-kee-luh
Strong

Alana

Alana has its roots across the globe, giving it a sophisticated, worldly feel. In Hawaiian, it means “awakening” or “rising,” very fitting for your baby who will “awake” for the very first time! If you want a Hawaiian name that’s easy to pronounce, Alana should be on your shortlist.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Gaelic, Old German, Aramaic
  • Meaning: Awakening, beauty, precious, elevated
  • Pronunciation: ah-lah-nah
  • Variations: Alanna, Alannah, Alanah
  • Namesakes: Alana Hamilton Stewart, a model, actress, and celebrity spouse. Alana Blachard, a pro-surfer and model.
  • Popularity: Alana has been in the U.S. top 300 since 1996.
Worldly, Simple, Elegant

Alaula

Alaula means “flaming road” from the Hawaiian “alameaning “path” and “ula” meaning “flame.” It references the fiery reds and oranges of the morning or evening sky. This picturesque name is very rare, even in Hawaii, making Alaula a unique choice for your baby-to-be.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Flaming road
  • Pronunciation: AH-laa-ooh-laa
Unique, Natural

Anela

Anela is the Hawaiian form of Angela. It’s traditionally written with a macron and apostrophe as ʻĀnela, however, the anglicized form is more common. Anela is adorable, easy-to-pronounce, and subtler than naming your daughter Angel – a divine choice for your baby from above!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Angel
  • Pronunciation: AH-neh-la
  • Variations: Ānela
  • Popularity: Anela features in Hawaii’s top 100 girls’ names almost every year between 1998 and 2007.
Cute, Religious

Anika

Anika has origins all over the world. In Hawaii, it’s the equivalent of Annette – the French form of Anne. Anika is just as elegant as its French cousin with a modern flair, ranked 753rd for U.S. girls in 2020.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, French, Russian, Sanskrit, Scandinavian, African, German, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Graceful, brilliant, merciful, sweetness of face, favored
  • Pronunciation: ah-nee-kah
  • Variations: Aneka, Annika
  • Namesakes: Anika Sörenstam, a Swedish pro-golfer. Anika Noni Rose, an American actress.
  • Popularity: Anika has been in the U.S. top 1,000 since 2000.
Worldly, Elegant

Anuhea

Anuhea has a soft, airy feel, like a calm breeze on a summer’s day. This mellow name is derived from the Hawaiian word “anu,” meaning “cool(ness)” and “hea,” meaning “misty,” or “breezy.” It could be a fantastic choice for a baby born on a windy day!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Cool mist, cool breeze
  • Pronunciation: ah-noo-HEH-a
  • Namesakes: Anuhea Jenkins, an American singer-songwriter.
  • Popularity: Anuhea was the 61st most popular girl’s name in Hawaii in 2012.
Tropical, Cool

Apikalia

Apikalia is the Hawaiianized form of Abigail – the biblical wife of King David, admired for her intelligence and beauty. Apikalia could be an excellent option if you want your daughter to have an authentic Hawaiian name that aligns with your faith.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Father’s joy
  • Pronunciation: EY-peh-kay-lee-ah
Religious, Complex

Auli’i

Auli’i first garnered attention after actress Auli’i Cravalho made her debut in Disney’s Moana. Despite Auli’i’s lovely sound (and even lovelier namesake), its complex spelling makes it unlikely to catch on in the States.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Dainty, neat
  • Pronunciation: ow-LEE-ee
  • Namesakes: Auli’i Cravalho, an American actress.
Cool, Complex
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Elikapeka

One of many Hawaiian girl names with a religious undertone, Elikapeka is the islander’s version of Elizabeth – the biblical mother of John the Baptist, revered for her wisdom and righteousness. Famous Elizabeths are plentiful, but Elikapeka’s are few and far between, making it a special choice for a special little girl!

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my oath
  • Pronunciation: eh-lee-ka-PEH-ka
Unique, Complex, Religious

Haukea

Haukea is the Hawaiian version of Snow White. If Disney princesses aren’t your thing, go for the literal meaning, “white snow,” an attractive choice for a baby born during the colder months. This winter-inspired name is scarce, with less than five U.S. babies receiving it in 2020. So, naming your daughter Haukea ensures she’ll stand out from the crowd!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: White snow
  • Pronunciation: HOU-keh-ah
  • Popularity: Haukea has never made the top 100 Hawaiian names for girls.
Cute, Natural

Haumea

In Hawaiian mythology, Haumea was the goddess of fertility and mother of several important deities, including Pele, Kapo, and Hi’iaka. Haumea is also the name of a dwarf planet that orbits the sun, approximately the same size as Pluto. Whether you’re looking for something mythical or celestial, Haumea sure has something to offer.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Goddess of childbirth
  • Pronunciation: ho-meh-ah
Mythological

Haunani

Haunani is derived from the Hawaiian word “hau” meaning “snow,” and “nani” meaning “beauty” or “fair.” Haunani-kay Trask, a champion for the sovereignty of the Hawaiian people, boosted this names popularity in the 60s. Haunani’s beauty and authenticity make us think it’ll be revisited in the 2020s.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Beautiful snow
  • Pronunciation: how-NA-nee
  • Namesakes: Haunani-Kay Trask, a Hawaiian activist, educator, and poet.
Natural

Hi’iaka

In Hawaiian myths, Hi’iaka was the patron goddess of hula dancers and medicine. She was also a daughter of the fertility-goddess Haumea, inspiring astronomers to choose Hi’aka’s name for a moon that orbits the dwarf planet Haumea. Despite its complexity, Hi’iaka’s lunar and mythological connections make it too cool to pass up.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Carrier of essence
  • Pronunciation: hi-ee-ah-kah
Mythological, Celestial, Complex

Hina

A Hina is a powerful female force in Hawaiian culture, usually a goddess or queen. Hina is also an Urdu word for “henna” and a Japanese female name meaning “baby bird.” Hina is worldly, powerful, and a bit mystical, making it the perfect 21st-century pick.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Urdu, Japanese
  • Meaning: A goddess, henna, baby bird
  • Variations: Hinna
  • Namesakes: Hina-au-kekele, a Hawaiian noblewoman and chieftess. Hina of Hilo, the mother of legendary Hawaiian hero, Maui.
  • Popularity: Hina was the 3rd most popular girl’s name in Japan in 2020.
Worldly, Mystical, Simple

Hoku

Hoku is an astronomical choice among our Hawaiian names for girls, relating to the moon and the stars. Hoku is also Japanese for “wish well” and Finnish for “rhyme,” giving it cross-cultural potential.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Finnish, Japanese
  • Meaning: Night of the full moon, star, rhyme, wish well
  • Namesakes: Hoku Clements, an early 2000s pop singer.
Simple, Celestial

Hokulani

Hokulani is often used to name hotels and schools rather than babies, but don’t let that dissuade you! A famous (and unexpected) namesake is actress Nicole Kidman, whose parents called her Hokulani since she was born in Oahu.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Heavenly star
  • Pronunciation: ho-koo-LA-nee
Natural, Beautiful

Iekika

Iekika is the Hawaiian form of Jessica – a name created by Shakesphere for his play The Merchant of Venice. We like to think of Iekika as Jessica’s gorgeous, underappreciated younger sister who’s just waiting for her moment in the sun.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Vision, to behold
  • Pronunciation: EE-key-kah or ee-KEY-kah
Poetic, Cool

Ioke

Although Ioke is the Hawaiian form of Joyce, it looks and sounds nothing like its predecessor. If you like the meaning of Joyce (lord) but feel it’s too old-fashioned, Ioke could be an interesting replacement. In Greek Mythology, Ioke was the feminine personification of battle.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Latin, Greek
  • Meaning: Lord
  • Pronunciation: ee-oh-keh
Strong, Unique, Mythological
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Iolani

The ‘io is an endangered hawk that lives in the forests of Hawaii. Some locals consider it an aumakua, an ancestral god that takes on the spirit form of an animal or plant. The ‘io symbolizes royalty because it flies so high, giving us the name Iolani, or “royal hawk.”

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Royal hawk
  • Pronunciation: ee-oh-lahn-ah
  • Namesakes: Lola Iolani Momoa, daughter of actors Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet. Iolani Luahine, a Native Hawaiian hula dancer and high priestess.
Traditional, Mystical, Natural

Iukikina

Iukikina is the Hawaiian form of Justine, derived from the Latin Justinus, meaning “right,” “proper,” or “just.” This multi-syllable name is complex, but its powerful meaning makes it worth the challenge. Try coupling it with a simple nickname (like Keke or Kina) to make it more accessible.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Latin
  • Meaning: Righteous
  • Pronunciation: EE-oo-key-key-nah
  • Variations: Iusitina
Complex, Unique

Ka’ahumanu

Queen Ka’ahumanu was the favorite wife of King Kamehameha I. She was an early champion of women’s rights, considered one of the most influential women in Hawaii’s history. If you name your daughter Ka’ahumanu, she’ll have a strong role model to look up to!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The bird cloak
  • Pronunciation: ka-ah-hoo-mah-noo
  • Namesakes: Ka’ahumanu, queen consort of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Traditional, Complex, Strong

Kahealani

Kahealani is derived from “kahea,” meaning “the name” or “the mist,” and “lani,” meaning “sky” or “heaven.” It was common in Hawaii during the early 1900s and 2000s but has since fallen off the radar. We think Kahealani is lovely enough for reconsideration.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Heavenly name, greet the sky, the heavenly mist
  • Pronunciation: ka-heh-ah-LA-nee
  • Popularity: Kahealani ranked as the 101st most popular Hawaiian name for girls in 2005.
Beautiful, Elegant

Kaia

Kaia is the feminine form of Kai. It’s also a shorter (and more youthful) version of Katherine used in Norway and Estonia. It became a fashionable pick in the States after model Cindy Crawford chose it for her daughter in 2001.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Estonian, Norwegian
  • Meaning: Sea, pure
  • Namesakes: Kaia Gerber, an American model. Kaia Kanepi, an Estonian tennis player.
  • Popularity: Kaia first made the U.S. charts in 2000, receiving its highest rating of
  • #302 in 2020.
Popular, Cute, Simple

Kaila

A popular choice among our Hawaiian names for girls, Kaila is a consistent favorite in Hawaii and on the mainland. It means “stylish” or “fashionable,” a fitting name for your little diva! It’s also considered an English variant of Kayla.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Stylish
  • Popularity: Kaila has been in Hawaii’s top 100 girls’ names nearly every year since 1999.
Popular, Modern, Cute

Kailani

A perfect name for nature lovers, Kailani is derived from “kai” meaning “sea,” and “lani” meaning “sky,” or “heavens.” This tropical beauty is becoming more and more popular in the U.S., making its way to 282nd in 2020. Nicknames range from cool Kai to elegant Lani.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Sea and sky, heavenly sky
  • Pronunciation: kie-LA-nee
  • Variations: Kaylani, Kehlani
  • Namesakes: Kailani Knapp, daughter of American actress Alexis Knapp. Kailani Craine, an Australian figure skater.
  • Popularity: Kailani has increased in popularity since 2013.
Modern, Beautiful

Kaile’a

Kaile’a is authentic and beachy, with an ocean-related meaning – certainly the total package. The only potential downside is the apostrophe, but that just makes it more unique! The anglicized version, Kailea, is sometimes used as a spelling variation for the English name Kaylee.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, English
  • Meaning: Sea of joy
  • Pronunciation: kie-LEH-ah
  • Variations: Kailea
  • Popularity: Kaile’a was the 62nd most popular Hawaiian girl’s name in 2020.
Traditional, Popular

Kaimana

An excellent option for ocean lovers, Kaimana is a strong unisex name that’s been in Hawaii’s top 100 boys’ names since the late 90s. It’s rare for girls, but then again, so are diamonds, making it a fitting choice for your precious little jewel!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Power of the sea, diamond
  • Pronunciation: kie-MA-na
  • Namesakes: Kaimana Pa’aluhi, a model and ex-wife of MMA champion Max Holloway.
  • Popularity: Kaimana is more popular for Hawaiian boys, ranked 84th in 2020.
Natural, Cool, Strong

Kainani

Surfing made its Olympic debut in 2021, making pro-surfer Carissa Kainani Moore the first woman to receive a gold medal in her sport. If you’re a fan of hanging ten, Kainani could be a stunning choice for your future wave-rider!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Beautiful sea
  • Pronunciation: kie-NA-nee
  • Namesakes: Carissa Kainani Moore, a pro-surfer.
  • Popularity: Kainani has never made Hawaii’s top 100 girls’ names.
Beautiful, Unique, Natural
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Ka’iulani

After America overthrew the Hawaiian kingdom in 1893, Princess Ka’iulani made speeches advocating for her government and people. Calling your daughter Ka’uilani could be the perfect way to honor this brave princess while encouraging your daughter to stand up for what she believes in!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The sacred sky
  • Pronunciation: ka-yoo-LA-nee
  • Namesakes: Victoria Ka’iulani, princess of the Hawaiian islands.
Strong, Beautiful

Kakalina

Kakalina is the Hawaiian form of Katherine – a Latin name meaning “pure.” Unlike old-fashioned Katherine, Kakalina is unique and exotic, making it a fantastic contemporary alternative.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Latin
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Pronunciation: ka-ka-LEE-na
Unique

Kala

Kala has many definitions in Hawaiian, such as: “to free,” “long ago,” “to forgive,” and “sunshine,” among others. In Hinduism, Kala is the goddess of time, death, and motherly love, sometimes called The Great Black One. Kala could be perfect if you want a name that’s simple in spelling but complex in meaning!

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: To free, long ago, time, black
  • Pronunciation: KAH-lah
  • Namesakes: Kala Savage, an American actress. Kala Ramnath, an Indian violinist.
  • Popularity: Kala dropped off the U.S. charts in 1997 and is now considered a rare name.
Cute, Simple, Worldly

Kalaukia

Kalaukia is the Hawaiian version of Claudia, derived from the Latin Claudius, meaning “cripple” or “lame.” Claudia was popular in the 60s, 70s, and 80s before falling out of favor. Kalaukia could be the new Claudia replacement (with a tropical twist)!

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Latin
  • Meaning: Lame, crippled
  • Pronunciation: kah-lah-oo-KEE-ah
Unique

Kāleʻa

A Kāleʻa is a specific kind of prayer where Hawaiians call upon the aumakua, or the family gods, for help. This traditional name hasn’t done well outside of Hawaii, likely because of its complex symbols. Plain Kalea, however, means “choking” in Hawaiian. So, Kāleʻa is undoubtedly the better pick!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: To pray
  • Pronunciation: kaa-LEH-ah
Cute, Complex, Mystical

Kalei

An elegant choice among our Hawaiian girl names, Kalei may refer to flowers or children, since “lei” means both. This flowery name is simple and easy to pronounce, giving it the potential to expand well beyond Hawaii’s shores.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The flowers, the child
  • Pronunciation: ka-LAY
Elegant

Kalena

Kalena is the Hawaiian form of Karen. In pop culture, calling someone, a “Karen” is synonymous with saying they’re entitled or demanding. Kalena could be the fresher (and less offensive) Karen alternative you’ve been searching for.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Variations: Kalenna
  • Namesakes: Kalena Ranoa, an American actress, model, and director.
  • Popularity: Kalena ranked in Hawaii’s top 100 girls’ names between 2008 and 2011.
Beautiful

Kalua

Kalua is a perfect name if you’re going on baby #2! It was one of the most popular choices for Hawaiian men and women in the 19th-century. Today, it’s a common surname.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Companion, second child
Unique

Kamalani

Kamalani has never made the U.S. top 1,000, making it a rare selection. It could be a great option if you love “lani” names but think Kailani and Leilani are too run-of-the-mill.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Heavenly child, royal child
  • Pronunciation: ka-ma-LA-nee
  • Namesakes: Kat Kamalani, an American social media personality.
  • Popularity: Kamalani was a top 100 girl’s name in Hawaii from 1996 to 1999 and from 2004 to 2005.
Tropical, Elegant

Kamea

Kamea is derived from the Hawaiian definite article “ka” and “mea,” a word referring to one person or object. Kamea is also a Hebrew word meaning “amulet,” a holy item worn by Jews in the 2nd-century CE to encourage good fortune and health.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: The one, amulet
  • Pronunciation: ka-MEH-ah
Unique
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Kanani

Pretty and feminine, Kanani is a girly girl’s dream. This sweet name translates to “the beauty,” perfect for a baby who will be beautiful inside and out.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The beauty
  • Pronunciation: ka-NA-nee
  • Popularity: Kanani was popular in Hawaii in the 1980s but is now less common.
Beautiful, Elegant

Kanoa

Kanoa is currently more popular for males, however, it has an attractive, ungendered quality suitable for either sex. It’s derived from “ka,” a definitive article, and “noa,” meaning “freed from restriction or taboo.” Naming your daughter Kanoa implies she won’t be afraid to step outside the norm!

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Japanese
  • Meaning: Free from restriction, commoner
  • Namesakes: Kanoa Igarashi, a Japanese-American pro-surfer.
  • Popularity: Kanoa was a top 100 boy’s name in Hawaii between 2007 and 2008.
Cool

Kapika

Kapika is the Hawaiian form of Tabitha – the name of a biblical figure raised from the dead by Saint Peter. It means “gazelle,” a type of antelope known for its beauty and grace.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Aramaic
  • Meaning: Gazelle
Cute, Religious, Natural

Kapo

In Hawaiian mythology, Kapo was the goddess of hula, child-birth, and sorcery who could assume any shape at will. In Finland, Kapo is the vernacular form of Gabriel.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Finnish
  • Meaning: God is my strength
Mystical, Unique

Kapua

In Hawaiian mythology, the Kapua were a supernatural race that could transform from humans into animals, vegetables, or minerals.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The flower, the child
  • Popularity: Kapua was more popular for women than men in the 19th-century.
Cool, Mythological

Kauanoe

A fantastic choice for a baby born on a rainy day, Kauanoe is a rare selection in and out of the Hawaiian isles. The most notable bearer is Kauanoe Kamana, an advocate for Hawaiian reclamation who helped thousands of Pacific Islanders learn their native language.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The rainy mist
  • Pronunciation: ka-oo-ah-no
  • Namesakes: Kauanoe Kamana, a Hawaiian language educator.
Unique, Natural

Kau’i

Kau’i means “the youthful one,” very fitting for a newborn! It’s derived from “ka,” a definite article, and u’i, meaning “youth.” With a name like Kau’i, your little girl will always be young at heart.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The youthful one
  • Pronunciation: kow-ey
  • Variations: Kaui
Cute, Natural

Kaulana

Kaulana means “famous,” an excellent choice for your little star in the making! Native islanders may appreciate the connection to Kaulana Na Pua or “famous are the flowers” – a Hawaiian Patriotic song written in protest of the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani in 1893.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Famous
  • Pronunciation: kow-LA-na
Strong, Traditional

Kawehi

Kawehi is authentic, original, and powerful, the perfect combo for a 21st-century babe! It’s technically gender-neutral, however, it’s been favored for women since the 19th-century.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The adorned one
  • Pronunciation: ka-WHEY-ee
  • Namesakes: Kawehi Wight, a singer from Hawaii.
Cool

Kawena

Kawena was made famous by Mary Kawena Pukui, a Hawaiian scholar, author, and hula expert who co-authored the Hawaiian-English Dictionary. She also translated over 30,000 Hawaiian chants, songs, and sayings to help preserve her native culture.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The glowing one
  • Variations: ka-VEH-na
  • Namesakes: Mary Kawena Pukui, a Hawaiian scholar and author.
  • Popularity: Kawena made Hawaii’s top 100 girls’ names in 2005.
Strong, Traditional
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Keahi

Although Keahi isn’t the easiest to pronounce, its fiery meaning and short length make us think it could be a huge success. Keahi is unknown outside the islands, so it could be a strong contender if you’re a unique name lover!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The fire
  • Pronunciation: kay-AH-hee
Natural, Unique, Strong

Ke’ala

Ke’ala is an elegant choice among our Hawaiian girl names, derived from “ke,” a definite article, and ‘ala, meaning “fragrant,” or “esteemed.” A popular choice among locals in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, Ke’ala has now fallen off the grid. If you like the name but not the apostrophe, Keala is also acceptable, meaning “the path” in Hawaiian.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The sweet-smelling one, the esteemed one
  • Pronunciation: key-AHL-ah
  • Variations: Keala
  • Popularity: Ke’ala was a popular name in Hawaii from 1940 to 1969.
Beautiful, Elegant, Traditional

Kealoha

Kealoha consists of “ke,” a definite article, and “aloha,” a multi-faceted Hawaiian word meaning “hello,” “goodbye,” and “love.” Whether you are saying “hello” as your daughter enters the world, “goodbye” as she gains her independence, or “love” to tell her how much you care about her, Kealoha captures it all.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The loved one
  • Pronunciation: KEH-ah-LO-ha
  • Namesakes: Kealoha (born Steven Kealohapau’ole Hong-Ming Wong), a Hawaiian poet and storyteller. Kealoha Kalama, a prominent hula dancer.
  • Popularity: Kealoha was a common given name and surname in Hawaii in the 19th-century.
Cute, Simple, Traditional

Keanu

In the U.S., Keanu is more common for males, thanks to charming Matrix actor Keanu Reeves. We think Keanu is soft and elegant enough to work for either gender. At a time when traditionally masculine names like Charlie and Blake are topping the charts for girls, naming your daughter Keanu won’t bat any eyes.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Cool breeze
  • Pronunciation: keh-AH-nu
  • Namesakes: Keanu Reeves, an actor of Hawaiian ancestry.
  • Popularity: Keanu is more popular among U.S. boys, ranked 512th in 2020.
Popular, Cool

Kekepania

Kekepania is the Hawaiian form of the Greek name Stephanie, derived from Stephanos, meaning “that which surrounds,” as in a crown or a wreath. This queenly name is complex, so it hasn’t gained much momentum outside the Hawaiian isles. If you like Kekepania but need something simpler for everyday use, try shortened Keke instead.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Greek
  • Meaning: Crown, Wreath
  • Pronunciation: keh-keh-PAY-nee-ah
Complex

Keone

Bring a little piece of Hawaii with you wherever you go by naming your daughter Keone! Keone is derived from “ke,” a definitive article, and “one” meaning “homeland,” altogether “the homeland.” This sweet name is relatively common in Hawaii but has never been on the U.S. top 1,000, making it a rare selection.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The homeland
  • Pronunciation: keh-OH-neh
  • Namesakes: Keone Madrid, a famous choreographer. Keone Young, an American actor from Honolulu.
Cute, Unique

Kiana

Kiana is the Hawaiianized version of Diana – an ancient Greek name given to the goddess of the hunt. Kiana was used heavily in the 90s, fizzling out by the mid-2000s. Kiana could be an excellent option if you’re a 90s baby who’s nostalgic for a name from your youth.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Roman
  • Meaning: Divine
  • Pronunciation: kee-AH-nah
  • Variations: Keanna, Kianna
  • Namesakes: Kiana Tom, a Hawaiian fitness instructor. Kiana Madeira, an up-and-coming Canadian actress.
  • Popularity: Kiana was popular in the 90s, falling to 897th in 2020.
Cute

Kilikina

A religious choice among these elegant Hawaiian female names, Kilikina, means “follower of Christ.” It’s comparable to Christina, the Latin feminine form of Christian.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Latin
  • Meaning: Follower of Christ
  • Pronunciation: kee-lee-kee-NA
  • Popularity: Less than five girls were given this name in 2020.
Religious

Kini

Kini is the Hawaiian form of Cindy. It looks like slang for “bikini,” which could be cute if you plan to raise your daughter by the seaside. If you think Kini is too casual for a first name, use it as an informal nickname or middle name instead.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Woman from Mount Kynthos
  • Namesakes: Kini Kapahu Wilson, a Hawaiian hula dancer, musician, and singer.
Cute, Simple

Koa

Koa is a powerful Hawaiian girl’s name, meaning “warrior.” It’s often associated with the Acacia Koa, a flowering tree native to Hawaii. Whether you are looking for a strong, or natural name, or something in between, Koa offers the total package.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Warrior
  • Pronunciation: KO-ah
  • Variations: Koah
  • Namesakes: Mila-Koa Hood, an Australian singer/songwriter, and sister to Calum Hood, the bassist for pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer.
  • Popularity: Koa is more popular for U.S. boys, ranked #587 in 2020.
Cool, Strong, Simple
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Laʻakea

La’akea is a traditional Hawaiian name that recently made headlines after MMA fighters Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne chose it for their daughter in 2021. It means “sacred light,” which could have religious significance.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Sacred light
  • Pronunciation: la-ah-KEH-ah
  • Namesakes: Madison La’akea Te-Lan Hall Chock, an American ice dancer.
Elegant, Religious

Lani

Whether your daughter is as sweet as an angel or as proper as a princess, Lani is a suitable choice, meaning “heaven” and “royal” in Hawaiian. Short and sweet, Lani could be an excellent option for simple name enthusiasts. Outside of Hawaii, Lani is a variation of Lainie, derived from the English Elaine, meaning “shining light.”

  • Origin: Hawaiian, English
  • Meaning: Heaven, royal
  • Namesakes: Lani Guinier, a civil rights activist and the first woman of color to receive a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School.
  • Popularity: Lani sporadically made the U.S. charts between 1945 and 1979, receiving its highest ranking of #877 in 1947.
Simple, Cute

Lehua

The Lehua or “Ohio flower” is the national flower of Hawaii. It is typically red, however, it’s sometimes pink, yellow, or white. In old Hawaiian tales, it would rain if one picked the lehua blossom.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Ohio flower
  • Pronunciation: leh-HOO-ah
Elegant, Natural

Lei

Cute and to-the-point, Lei could be a sweet alternative for the English Leigh. It sounds fantastic solo or as a nickname for longer Leilani and Leimomi. In Hawaii, Lei’s are celebratory wreaths worn around the neck as symbols of love, friendship, and greeting.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Chinese
  • Meaning: Wreath, child, pile of stones, bud
  • Pronunciation: LAY
  • Namesakes: Lei Zu, wife of Huang Di and first woman designated as empress of China.
  • Popularity: Lei has never made Hawaii’s top 100 names for girls.
Cute, Simple

Leilani

Leilani means “heavenly lei.” However, it’s sometimes interpreted as “heavenly child,” inspired by Hawaiian parents carrying their little ones on their shoulders like leis (celebratory Hawaiian garlands). This ultra-elegant pick first garnered attention in the U.S. after Bing Crosby released his hit song Sweet Leilaniin 1937.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Heavenly lei, royal child
  • Pronunciation: lay-LAH-knee
  • Variations: Heirani
  • Namesakes: Leilani Sarelle, an actress best known as Roxy Hardy in Basic Instinct. Leilani Bishop, a famous American model.
  • Popularity: In the U.S., Leilani’s popularity has increased since the 1930s, ranked 92nd in 2020.
Beautiful, Tropical, Popular

Leimomi

A top pick in Hawaii in the early 1900s, Leimomi has yet to make its mark this century. What’s old is often made new again, so it could be time for Leimomi to return to the limelight. With the popularity of similar Leilani, we are confident Leimomi isn’t far behind.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Pearl necklace
  • Pronunciation: Lay-MO-mee
  • Popularity: Leimomi was in the top 100 in Hawaii from 1900 to 1939.
Traditional, Unique

Lilo

Most associate this adorable name with the spunky Hawaiian girl from Disney’s Lilo and Stitch. Across the pond in Germany, Lilo is a diminutive form of Lieselotte, a combination of Liesel (derived from Elizabeth) and Lotte (a shortened form of Charlotte), meaning “God is my oath.”

  • Origin: Hawaiian, German
  • Meaning: To overcome, dedicated, out of sight, God is my oath
  • Pronunciation: LEE-lo
  • Namesakes: A nickname for American actress Lindsay Lohan.
  • Popularity: Lilo has never made the U.S. top 1,000.
Cute

Loika

Loika is the Hawaiian form of the Greek name Lois. In the Bible, Lois was Timothy’s grandmother converted to Christianity by the apostle Paul. Loika could be perfect if you want a religious name that’s less conventional than Mary, Eve, or Hannah.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Greek
  • Meaning: Desirable, agreeable
Religious

Luana

Luana is no stranger to the spotlight, used for leading characters in the 1932 film Bird of Paradise and the 1982 film Daughter of the Jungle. It means “enjoyment” or “contentment” in Hawaiian. However, Luana’s popularity is attributed to it being the perfect combination of Louise and Anna.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Enjoyment, to be content
  • Namesakes: Mary Luana Williams, an American activist and adopted daughter of Jane Fonda.
  • Popularity: Luana was a fairly popular choice in the U.S. during the 30s and 40s. Currently, it’s a top 50 pick in Switzerland, Portugal, and Peru.
Beautiful, Worldly

Mahina

A perfect choice for a baby born at night, Mahina is the Hawaiian word for “moon.” In old Hawaiian myths, Mahina was a lunar deity who represented feminine power and beauty. Sweet nicknames are Ma, Maha, or Hina.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Moon
  • Namesakes: Mahina Maeda, a Hawaiian-Japanese professional surfer.
  • Popularity: Mahina is a local favorite, ranked in the top 100 Hawaiian names for girls since 2015.
Natural, Mystical
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Mahoe

Like twins, Mahoe is pretty rare, making it an apt choice for one of your little miracles! It’s technically unisex but reminds us of Marlow and Marley, both trendy for girls. If you’re a fan of space-related names, try middle name pairings Mahoe Hope or Mahoe Mua, the Hawaiian titles for twin stars Castor and Pollux.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Twin
  • Popularity: Mahoe was a common name for both genders in the 19th-century.
Unique, Cool

Maile

Maile is a flowering vine used to make celebratory garlands known as leis in Hawaii. Its popularity in Hawaii never transferred over to the mainland, where it’s still waiting to be discovered! Fans of pop star Miley Cyrus could use Maile as a Miley alternative.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Vine
  • Pronunciation: MY-leh or MY-lee
  • Namesakes: Maile Meloy, an American fiction writer.
  • Popularity: Maile was in the top 100 in Hawaii from 1998 to 2010.
Cute, Natural

Makana

Is your little angel a gift from the heavens? Then, consider calling her Makana! This beautiful name could be an excellent alternative for worn-out Makayla and McKenzie. Makena is the name of a mountain in Kauai where the ʻōahi, or fire throwing ceremony, took place in ancient times.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Gift
  • Pronunciation: ma-KA-nah
  • Variations: Makena
  • Popularity: In Hawaii, Makana is more popular for boys, ranked in the top 100 in 2007 and 2016.
Beautiful, Traditional

Maleka

Maleka is the Hawaiian form of Aramaic Martha. In the bible, Martha was the sister of Lazarus, who witnessed Jesus Christ raising her brother from the dead. Maleka may also be a variation of the Arabic Malika, meaning “queen.”

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Aramaic, Arabic
  • Meaning: Lady
  • Variations: Malika
Religious

Malia

Malia is the Hawaiian form of Maria, a traditional name with an exotic twist, making it feel fresher than its overused counterpart. Malia has been on the U.S. charts since the 70s but became really popular after President Barack Obama’s daughter, Malia, entered the public eye in 2009.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Pronunciation: ma-LEE-ah
  • Namesakes: Malia Obama, daughter of 44th U.S. President Barack Obama. Malia Jones, a Hawaiian model, and pro-surfer.
  • Popularity: Malia broke into the top 200 in 2009, declining to 259nd in 2020.
Traditional, Beautiful, Popular

Maui

Maui is the 2nd largest Hawaiian island, named after an ancient demi-god. The name spiked in 2017 after Disney featured the charming deity in their 2016 film, Moana. Maui is perfect for fans of natural and mythological names.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Unknown
  • Pronunciation: MOW-ee
  • Popularity: Maui is more popular for boys, but has never made the top 1,000 for either gender.
Mystical, Unique, Tropical

Mele

Mele is a Hawaiian term for chants, songs, and poems. It’s also the Hawaiian, Tongan, and Samoan versions of Mary. In Italy, Mele is a habitational surname from the town of Mele in Northern Italy.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Tongan, Samoan, Italian
  • Meaning: Song
  • Pronunciation: MEH-lee
  • Namesakes: Mele French, an American soccer player. Mele “Mel” Vojvodich Jr., an aviator and general in the U.S. air force.
Cute, Worldly, Simple

Meli

An adorable choice for your little bee, Meli is derived from the Ancient Greek “méli,” meaning “honey.” Meli wasn’t used in Hawaii until 1837 when missionaries needed to translate the word in the Bible for the sweet, sticky substance, from English to Hawaiian. In Sicily, Meli is also an affectionate nickname, like calling someone “honey” in English.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Greek, Italian, Native American
  • Meaning: Honey
  • Pronunciation: MEH-lee
Cute, Worldly, Simple

Melika

Melika is the Hawaiianized form of Melissa – the name of several nymphs and priestesses in ancient Greek mythology. Like Maleka, Melika is also considered an alternative spelling of the Arabic Malika, meaning “queen.”

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Greek, Arabic
  • Meaning: Bee
  • Pronunciation: muh-lee-kah
  • Variations: Malika
  • Namesakes: Melika Foroutan, a German-Iranian actress.
Mystical, Cute

Mikala

Mikala is the cute, Hawaiian version of Michaela. Michaela alternatives, Makayla and Mikayla are on the rise in the U.S., ranked in the top 500 in 2020. It’s only a matter of time before Mikala takes off!

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Who resembles God
  • Variations: Michaela, Mikayla, Micaela, Makayla
  • Namesakes: Mikala Munter, a Danish equestrian.
  • Popularity: Mikala was popular in the U.S. in the 90s, peaking at #661 in 1995.
Cool, Religious
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Mililani

“Lani” names are all the rage right now, with Leilani and Kailani ranked in the U.S. top 300 in 2020. Mililani fits the trend but is still relatively rare, making it the best of both worlds!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Heavenly caress
  • Pronunciation: mee-lee-LAH-nee
Unique, Traditional, Elegant

Moana

Made famous by Disney’s 2016 film of the same name, Moana is a beautiful option for your tropical princess! It’s authentic, easy to pronounce, and has a lovely meaning, making it a perfect 10 in our books. Despite its newfound fame, Moana has yet to make the U.S. top 1,000. It may be the ideal time to select it before it becomes too mainstream.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian
  • Meaning: Open sea
  • Namesakes: Moana Maree Maniapoto, a New Zealand singer.
Popular, Beautiful, Natural

Momi

Momi is an aquatic option among our Hawaiian female names, meaning “pearl.” It’s short and easy to spell – perfect if you want something simple. If you’re “clam-oring” for a longer name, consider using Momi as a nickname for Leimomi or Momilani.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Pronunciation: MO-mee
Simple, Unique, Natural

Nahele

Nahele is a nature-inspired name that invokes mental images of Hawaii’s lush rainforests! Although there are no famous Nahele’s (yet), there was a fictional bearer in the popular TV series Hawaii Five-O.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Forest, Wilderness
  • Pronunciation: na-hee-leh
Beautiful, Natural

Nala

In Hawaiian, Nala is a variation of “ulana,” meaning “to plait or weave.” It’s also Sanskrit for “stem.” Nala was the name of a cute lioness in Disney’s The Lion King (1994), leading some sources to say it means “gift” or “beloved” in Swahili. However, it has no apparent meaning in the language.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: To weave, stem
  • Namesakes: Nala Damajanti, a 19th-century snake charmer.
  • Popularity: Nala’s popularity is on the rise, ranked #693 in 2020.
Popular, Cute

Nalani

​​Nalani is on the rise in the U.S., receiving it’s highest ranking of #593 in 2020. It can be perceived as a strong, religious name, depending on your interpretation.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The heavens, the chief
  • Variations: Nālani
  • Pronunciation: na-LA-nee
  • Namesakes: Nalani Wakita, a Canadian actress.
  • Popularity: Nalani made the U.S. charts for the first time in 2016.
Popular, Strong, Religious

Nani

Unlike many Hawaiian girl names that are long and complex, Nani is cute and uncomplicated. Nani’s only downfall is its similarity to nanny, nana, and noni, all terms for a grandmother. You may be able to break away from the granny association by bringing up Nani Pelekai, the devoted big sister in Disney’s Lilo and Stitch.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Hungarian
  • Meaning: Beauty, pretty, splendid
  • Pronunciation: NAA-nee
  • Variations: Náni
Cute, Simple

Napua

Napua is a pretty girl’s name made famous by Napua Stevens, a popular Hawaiian singer in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Although Napua is no longer trendy, it could still be an elegant choice for your precious little flower!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The flowers
  • Pronunciation: na-POO-ah
  • Namesakes: Napua Stevens, a Hawaiian entertainer and hula dancer.
Natural, Cute

Noelani

Noelani is one of those super-stunning Hawaiian girl names that’s still undiscovered. With Nalani breaking into the U.S. top 1,000 in 2016, we’re certain Noelani isn’t far behind!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Heavenly mist
  • Pronunciation: no-eh-LA-nee
  • Namesakes: Noelani Arista, a Hawaiian and American historian. Noelani Pantastico, a ballet dancer.
  • Popularity: Noelani was a top choice for Hawaiian girls in the 1980s.
Beautiful, Traditional

Nohea

Nohea has a soft, musical quality that rolls off the tongue. Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani included this melodic name in her song Nohea I Mu’olaulani (Handsome One of Mu’olaulani), inspired by the beauty of her home.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Pretty, handsome
  • Pronunciation: noh-HEH-ah
Elegant, Simple
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ʻŌpūnui

Naming your daughter “big-bellied” sounds like a bad thing. However, in 19th-century Hawaii, ‘Ōpūnui was an exclusive title given to people of a high social class. If you’re looking for something traditional, ‘Ōpūnui is an excellent place to start.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Big bellied
  • Pronunciation: oh-poo-nu-ee
  • Popularity: Common name for males and females in the early 19th-century.
Unique, Traditional

Pauahi

Pauahi is a fierce option among our Hawaiian female names, derived from “pau,” meaning “finished” or “completed” and “ahi,” meaning “fire.” Kalani Pauahi, a Hawaiian royal, was given the title to commemorate her escape from a fire that nearly took her life.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: The fire is out
  • Pronunciation: pou-AH-hee
  • Namesakes: Kalani Pauahi, a member of the royal family. Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a Hawaiian royal and philanthropist.
Strong, Traditional

Pelé

In ancient times, Pelé was a Hawaiian volcano goddess. Today, Pelé is a world-renowned soccer player. Whether you name your daughter after the deity or the athlete, she’ll have a powerful namesake in her corner.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Volcano goddess, miracle child
  • Pronunciation: PELL-ay
  • Variations: Pelea
  • Namesakes: Edson Arantes de Nascimento, better known as “Pelé,” a Brazilian soccer player.
Mythological

Pi’ilani

Pi’ilani was an ancient chief of Maui who united the island under a single family line. Despite its masculine past, Pi’ilani is now favored for females – with more girls receiving the name in the 20th-century.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Ascent to heaven
  • Pronunciation: pee-ee-LA-nee
  • Namesakes: Pi’ilani of Maui, a 16th-century Hawaiian chief.
Traditional, Strong

Pua

Pua was the name of Moana’s adorable pet pig/sidekick in Disney’s 2016 film. Unfortunately, Pua may sound too similar to a bathroom-related substance to be a popular name choice for anyone without a snout.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Flower, offspring
  • Pronunciation: POO-ah
Simple

Pualani

A popular choice for Hawaiian women in the 20th-century, Pualani is now on the backburner. However, Pualani’s poetic meaning and tropical sound lead us to believe it won’t stay there for long!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Heavenly flower, royal offspring
  • Pronunciation: POO-ah-la-nee
  • Namesakes: Pualani Kanaka’ole Kanahele, a hula expert, and author.
Elegant, Poetic, Tropical

U’ilani

U’ilani was the name of a popular Hawaiian lullaby written by native singer Lena Machado in 1997. If you choose to name your daughter U’ilani, you’ll have the perfect song to sing her to sleep!

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Heavenly beauty, royal beauty
  • Pronunciation: ooh-ey-LAH-nee
Complex, Beautiful, Traditional

Waiola

Waiola is derived from Hawaiian “wai,” meaning “freshwater,” and “ola,” meaning “life.” It’s often anglicized as Viola.

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Water of life
  • Pronunciation: WIE-oh-lah
Poetic, Cool

Wikolia

A perfect choice for your little princess in the making, Wikolia is the Hawaiian form of Victoria – a Latin name meaning “she who brings victory.” A simple nickname is Lia.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Latin
  • Meaning: She who brings victory
  • Pronunciation: wee-ko-LEE-ah
  • Namesakes: Wikolia “Victoria” Kamāmalu, a Hawaiian princess.
Religious, Unique

Hawaiian Name FAQs

What are the Most Popular Girls Names In Hawaii?

Hawaii’s top five girl names are not Hawaiian! They are Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, Amelia, and Luna.

This likely has something to do with the Act to Regulate Names, put in place in 1860. The law ordered Hawaiians to have English first names, leading many to put their Hawaiian names in the middle (1).

Although the law was repealed in 1967, many Hawaiian natives have continued this naming tradition. This is why many Hawaiian names don’t appear on Hawaii’s first name registry.

What is the Most Common Hawaiian Name?

As of 2020, some of the most common Hawaiian female names in the U.S. were Malia, Kailani, Kaia, and Leilani, all placed in the top 300.

Is Leilani a Hawaiian Name?

Yes! Leilani is an authentic Hawaiian name, meaning “heavenly lei” or “royal child.” It was ranked 29th in Hawaii and 92nd in the U.S. in 2020.

What is the Hawaiian Name for Beautiful?

The Hawaiian name for “beautiful” is Nani. Nani is often combined with other words to make longer names, like Haunani (beautiful snow), Kainani (beautiful sea), and Kanani (the beauty).

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Chelsea Nelthropp previously worked with special needs children before transitioning to her current passion, freelance writing. She's written on a plethora of topics and enjoys the diversity of her work. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys hiking, creating artwork, reading about true crime, and spending time with her husband and their adorable French Bulldog, Stella.
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