50 Beautiful Hawaiian Girl Names
Aloha! Choosing the right name for your baby is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. It's a name they'll carry for life, after all, so take your time and explore all the options. There are so many special names from all over the world, but Hawaiian names are some of the most beautiful.
From traditional to more modern, these beautiful Hawaiian girl names offer some fresh ideas for baby girls.
A'ala is a beautiful Hawaiian baby girl name that means "royal" or "of high rank." It can also mean "fragrant."
The name evokes images of a powerful queen walking along the beach with a fresh floral crown upon her head.
When a soft, cool breeze blows in, it feels like something new is on the horizon. New babies are the biggest new beginnings on the planet, so why not choose the name Ahe?
It's a short and sweet unisex Hawaiian name meaning "gentle breeze," and we love its fresh sound and sweet meaning.
Babies with the name Ahonui are blessed with patience and perseverance.
According to legend, babies carrying this name are destined to thrive on adventure and change, boasting the qualities of bold visionaries.
The Hawaiian baby girl name Akahi means "for the first time."
It's an uncommon name, but it's a nice choice for parents welcoming their firstborn into the world.
Many new parents describe adding a new child to their family as feeling complete, as if something was missing before that they never realized.
The name Alamea expresses this feeling perfectly because it means "precious and whole."
Alana is one of the more recognizable Hawaiian baby names because of its popularity nationwide.
While the name Alana has several meanings, in Hawaii, it means "beautiful" and "harmonious."
If welcoming a new baby feels like the dawning of a brand-new day, the name Alaula might be the perfect fit.
It usually means "the light of dawn," although it's also used to describe the golden glow that appears around sunset.
Every parent wants their child to grow up strong and healthy, and Ahuahu represents exactly that.
Meaning "fast-growing" and "healthy," Ahuahu is a powerful name that works for both girls and boys.
While many people are under the impression that aloha means "hello," the Hawaiian word is actually a noun meaning "love" and "fellowship." The fact that Hawaii's most popular greeting has such a positive, compassionate meaning speaks to the deep beauty of the Hawaiian language and culture.
Using it as a baby name is unusual today, but it was more popular in the early 1900s and seems to be making a slow comeback.
Anakea, also spelled Anakia, has a very simple, special meaning: love. What's not to love about that?
It can also be shortened to Ana for a nickname.
Anela is a Hawaiian version of the name Angela.
Angela, unsurprisingly, has Latin roots meaning "angel" or "messenger."
Similar to the name of the popular Aulani Disney resort, Aolani means "heavenly cloud."
The sweet, ethereal name is often shortened to just Lani.
The name Edena isn't strictly a Hawaiian baby name, but it has become a popular choice in the Aloha state.
It's a biblical name referencing the Garden of Eden and represents contentment and delight.
Haleakala is synonymous with "house of the sun" in Hawaiian.
The powerful name is used in Hawaiian folklore, in which the demigod Maui grabbed hold of the sun to slow its descent and delay nightfall during the summertime.
The name Hali'a is Hawaiian, but it has Greek roots meaning "the sea."
In Hawaiian, it can also mean "sudden remembrance."
Everything about the name Ikaika represents strength. It means "powerful," stalwart, forceful and determined."
While the name is more commonly used for baby boys, it has more recently evolved into a unisex name.
The verdict is out about whether Iona is a name for girls or boys. Technically, Iona is the Hawaiian version of the name Jonah.
In most other cultures, particularly in Celtic traditions, it's a girl's name meaning "purple jewel."
We all dream that our babies will one day spread their wings and leave the nest, but the name Iolana takes that image a step further.
It means "to soar like an eagle with confidence and authority."
One of the more familiar Hawaiian baby girl names, Kaia rolls right off the tongue. The meaning of the sweet-sounding name is even sweeter — it means "fast asleep."
This might very well turn into an ironic name for a newborn, but when baby Kaia eventually does sleep peacefully through the night it will be all the more special.
While all names have roots with meaning, Hawaiian baby names are often complete words from the Hawaiian language.
Kai, a popular boy name, means "sea." Lani, a girl name, means "heaven." Put them together, and you get Kailani, meaning "sea and heaven," or "sea and sky."
Kaili is a Polynesian name that draws from the name of a Hawaiian deity named Kukailimoku. The god was said to be a guardian of one of Hawaii's most famous rulers, Kamehameha I.
The name is also used in China, where it means "victorious and beautiful."
Kalama, not to be confused with the name of current U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, has a fiery meaning: flaming torch.
Babies named Kalama are destined to have strong, bold personalities, burning through any obstacles that get in their way.
For many parents, a new baby is an answer to long whispered prayers. For all, welcoming a new addition is a celebration.
The name Kalea sums all of this up into a single name meaning "prayers, beloved and joy."
The name Karen used to be a perfectly good name. It was popular for decades. Sadly, it became synonymous with women with a penchant for driving retail workers bananas and demanding to see the manager. (To all the kind, patient Karen's out there, sorry about that.)
If you like the name Karen, however, there's hope. The Hawaiian version of Karen is Kalena, drawing from the earlier name Katherine. The Greek roots of the name mean "pure," and it was the name of several Christian saints and members of royalty.
Only planning on having one baby? Kamea is an excellent choice for only children, meaning "the one and only."
It also sends a special message to your little one: You're my one and only, and there's no one else in the world I could possibly love more.
The name Kanani might give you flashbacks to "Lilo and Stitch," in which Lilo's patient, hardworking sister is named Nani.
Kanani means "glorious and beautiful one."
Kaulana is the ideal Hawaiian baby girl name for babies destined for fame and fortune. The name means "celebrated and renowned."
It's also a word used to describe special holidays.
Keandra isn't a native Hawaiian name, but something about it has made it popular in the islands. The name has Celtic roots meaning "son of Henry," dating back to the years in which Henry was a common royal name.
Keandra has since evolved into a girl's name, but it has retained all of its regality.
Kiele may look like it would be pronounced "key-EL," but the Hawaiian baby girl name is actually said, "KIY-eh-Leh."
The tropical-sounding name represents one of Hawaii's favorite flowers, the gardenia. The beautiful, white blossoms of the gardenia plant are one of the most sweet-smelling flowers on Earth.
Now here's a cool one. Most Hawaiian names are more melodic and beautiful than edgy, but Koa has more grit to it.
The name means "brave, fearless," and it can be used for both girls and boys.
Like many other Hawaiian baby girl names, Konane is related to the natural world. The three-syllable name means bright moonlight.
We can picture it now: walking along the beach in the moonlight, the sound of the waves gently lulling baby Konane to sleep.
We already spoiled this one for you earlier. Sorry!
While Kailani means "sea and heaven," the shorter Hawaiian girl name, Lani, simply means "heaven."
Speaking of heaven, Leilani combines the name Lani with the word "lei," changing the meaning to "heavenly child."
Leis, as you might know, are the name for the traditional floral garlands often worn in Hawaii. They represent love, friendship and family.
Heaven seems to be a theme here, with many Hawaiian girl names combining the name "Lani" with other words.
Lokelani translates to "heavenly rose," representing a miraculous gift.
For a name with a lighter meaning that's still uplifting, try Luana.
It means "happiness and enjoyment," and at the end of the day, is there anything we could want more for our kids?
Lulua means "pure flower," but the meaning changes completely when you tack on a few more letters. Change it to Lulua'ina, and it means "freckles" instead.
If freckles run in the family, it's like a sweet and silly inside joke.
The moon has long been a symbol of the divine feminine across many cultures.
In Hawaiian, the name Mahina translates directly to "moon," symbolizing the quiet strength of one who can control the tides without lifting a finger.
Maka, a unisex Hawaiian name, means "favorite one."
But if baby Maka has older siblings, don't fret. Maka can be a shortened version of Ku'u Maka, meaning "apple of my eye," or Makani, meaning "wind."
Makana is the Hawaiian word for a "treasured gift" or "reward." It's commonly used as a middle name, but it also makes a beautiful first name.
You can also shorten it to Maka or Ana for a nickname.
Malia is a close relative of the Latin name, Maria. Alongside Mary and Miriam, the name has several possible names including "rebelliousness" and "hoped for child."
At the end of the day, all that matters is what your child's name means to you! If a name with multiple meanings feels too complicated, try Malie instead. It sounds similar, but it only has one meaning: calm.
Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day. The song made famous by Bing Crosby in the 1950s starts with the word "mele," which actually means "song."
It can also be used as a verb to mean "to chant" or "to sing." Mele is a lovely name for a baby born into a family of musicians.
While Disney has gotten flak for cultural insensitivity on several occasions, the animated movie giant did well with the movie "Moana." Auli'i Cravalho, the actress who played the bold, young leader, was born in Hawaii, and her mother is a native Hawaiian.
They also chose an appropriate Hawaiian name for the movie's leading lady; Moana translates to "ocean."
The Hawaiian girl name Na'au means "of the heart and mind."
The name symbolizes powerful human emotions, particularly love and affection.
While Lani means "heaven," Nalani translates to "serenity of the skies" or "peaceful heavens."
It's a gender-neutral baby name, so it's a good choice for parents who are waiting to be surprised.
If you love the name Oriana or Ariana, but you're looking for something more unusual, consider Oliana.
The Polynesian name comes from the word meaning "oleander," a fragrant herb. It also means "evergreen," representing growth and renewal.
The meaning of the name 'Olina describes just about every new baby: joyful. It represents that moment when your precious little one's face first lights up in a real smile. And their first, glorious laugh? Joy doesn't even begin to describe it.
In Scandinavian languages, it's also a feminine form of the name Olaf.
Ever heard the children's song "Little Bird?" Like in the song, little bird is a popular pet name for young children.
The name Palila directly translates to "bird," representing freedom and the joy of flight.
While several Hawaiian girl names refer to specific flowers, like gardenias and roses, Pua simply means "flower."
It can also be a nickname for the name Kapua, meaning "blossom."
We all wish for our children to be happy, but we also hope for them to grow throughout life, walking their own path. Uluwehi means "to grow in beauty" or "lush garden."
Maybe one day, baby Uluwehi will grow up to water a lush garden of her own.
Have you ever woken up before dawn to quietly watch the sunrise? Just before it peaks over the horizon, the clouds are illuminated with a vibrant, almost neon glow.
There's a Hawaiian name for that: Wena. It means "to glow red like a fire or sunrise."