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Hawaii Name Change Law

574-5 Change of Name Procedure.

(a) It shall be unlawful to change any name adopted or conferred under this chapter, except:

(1) Upon an order of the lieutenant governor;

(2) By a final order, decree, or judgment of the family court issued as follows:

(A) When in an adoption proceeding a change of name of the person to be adopted is requested and the court includes the change of name in the adoption decree;

(B) When in a divorce proceeding either party to the proceeding requests to resume the middle name or names and the last name used by the party prior to the marriage or a middle name or names and last name declared and used during any prior marriage and the court includes the change of names in the divorce decree; or

(C) When in a proceeding for a change of name of a legitimate or legitimated minor initiated by one parent, the family court, upon proof that the parent initiating the name change has made all reasonable efforts to locate and notify the other parent of the name change proceeding but has not been able to locate, notify, or elicit a response from the other parent, and after an appropriate hearing, orders a change of name determined to be in the best interests of the minor; provided that the family court may waive the notice requirement to the non-initiating, non-custodial parent where the court finds that the waiver is necessary for the protection of the minor;

(3) Upon marriage pursuant to section 574-1;

(4) Upon legitimation pursuant to section 338-21; or

(5) By an order or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction within any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territory or possession of the United States, changing the name of a person born in this State.

(b) The order of change of name by the lieutenant governor shall be founded upon a notarized petition. The petition shall be executed by the person desirous of making the change of name. In the case of a minor, the petition shall be executed:

(1) By the parents;

(2) By the parent who has custody of the minor with the notarized consent of the noncustodial parent; or

(3) By the guardian of the person of the minor.

(c) The filing fee of $100 shall accompany the petition when submitted and shall not be refundable.

(d) A notice of change of name signed by the lieutenant governor shall be published once in a newspaper of general circulation in the State as mentioned in the order for change of name, and the petitioner within sixty days of the signing of the notice of change of name shall deposit at the office of the lieutenant governor an affidavit executed by an officer of the newspaper publishing the notice showing that the notice has been published therein. The affidavit shall have attached to it a clipping showing the notice as published. Failure to deposit the affidavit of publication as required shall void that petition for a change of name by that petitioner.

(e) When the petition is accompanied by an affidavit executed by a prosecuting attorney of this State, the affidavit shall show that for the protection of the person desirous of making a change of name, the following actions shall not be necessary:

(1) Publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the State; and

(2) Recordation in the bureau of conveyances.

The petition, affidavit, and order shall be kept confidential. [L 1860, p 32, 6; am L 1872, c 30, 1; am L 1907, c 75, 1; RL 1925, 3122; RL 1935, 4666; am L 1935, c 93, 1; RL 1945, 12387; am L 1945, c 145, 1; am L 1953, c 237, 1; RL 1955, 327-5; am L Sp 1959 2d, c 1, 9; HRS 574-5; am L 1977, c 31, 1; am L 1980, c 153, 4; am L 1982, c 50, 1; am L 1983, c 251, 1; am L 1984, c 245, 1; am L 1985, c 190, 2; am L 1986, c 250, 1; am L 1991, c 121, 3; am L 1992, c 5, 1; am L 1995, c 152, 1; am L 1998, c 311, 9]

Cross References

Modification of fees, see 92-28.

Rules of Court

Adoption, change of name, see HFCR rule 111(a).

Attorney General Opinions

There is no requirement for a hearing before granting a name change. Att. Gen. Op. 79-5.

Office of the lieutenant governor should continue to require consent of the legal father before granting change in surname of minor child. Att. Gen. Op. 79-8.

Change of name should not be granted if it appears that the word constituting a name is to be used as a title rather than as a name; hearing required to deny request. Att. Gen. Op. 81-1.

Consent of the minor's parents should be sought before a guardian of the minor petitions for a name change; legal guardian of an incapacitated person may petition for a name change. Att. Gen. Op. 90-1.

574-6 Effect of change. (a) The change of name provided for by order of the lieutenant governor shall be effective upon the date of publication of the notice of change of name.

(b) In all cases of change of name by order of the lieutenant governor, except as otherwise provided by law, the order shall be recorded in the bureau of conveyances within sixty days after the signing of the order.

(c) All changes of names made by decree of any governor, or by the president of the Republic of Hawaii, or by the president of the Provisional Government of Hawaii, or by any king or queen of the Hawaiian Islands, are ratified and confirmed.

(d) The lieutenant governor shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 necessary for the purposes of this chapter. [L 1982, c 50, 2; am L 1984, c 245, 2; am L 1985, c 190, 1; am L 1986, c 250, 2]