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70 Hawaiian Dog Names

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My name is Tatiana, but my friends and family call me Tutta. I love writing articles that bring a little creativity to everyday life.

Does your pup need a Hawaiian name?

Does your pup need a Hawaiian name?

Dogs are man’s best friend all over the world, and those that get to live on tropical islands all their lives are pretty doggone lucky, if you ask me! This includes Hawaii. It’s like they are always on vacation in that nice, sunny paradise, right? Jealous.

Anyway, you are probably here because you have a dog that is a common breed of Hawaii, and are now on the search for the perfect name! Who wouldn’t want to give their dog a Hawaiian dog name?

Common Hawaiian Dog Breeds

Just what dog breeds are most popular in Hawaii? Well, certainly, you can find any dog there as it depends on the preference of the individual person or family, but a few breeds that have become most popular for the area are the Chihuahua and the Labrador Retriever.

Other common breeds in Hawaii are:

You may be saying that these breeds seem less-than-exotic, but not everything in the tropics has to be exotic! Put a lei on any dog, and it blends in no problem. What dog breeds come to your mind when you think of Hawaii?

Hawaiian Dog Names

Whether you’re here looking for Hawaiian dog names because you’re from Hawaii, your dog is from Hawaii, or you just like the sound of the Hawaiian tongue, you have landed on a great page!

Not only will we give you lists of both male and female Hawaiian dog names, but we will also provide you the meanings behind them, where applicable!


Hekili: Thunder

Ula: Red

Alii: King

Malia: Calm

Haimi: Hunter

Okaoka: Tiny bit

Kikokiko: Spot

Kula: Goldy

Kekoa: Brave

Alamea: Precious

Hae: Growl

Wailua: Spirit

Polua: Stormy

Hula: Dance

Olulu: Fat

Meli: Honey

Ilio: Dog

Luana: Happy

Hanai: Lucky

Mahina: Moonlight

Pilikea: Trouble

Nahoa: Defiant

Amoka: Strong

Holoholona: Critter

Nohea: Handsome

Ala Muku: Rainbow

Lupo: Wolf

Lani: Sky

Kekipi: Fearless

Hoku: Star

Malo: Winner

Lalama: Daring

Mako: Rocky

Olina: Joyous

Keiki Kane: Boy

Akua: Spirit

Uliuli: Black

Kahili: Feather

Kai: The sea

Ipo: Sweetheart

Manu Iki: Little bird

Hoala: Rambunctious

Mano: Shark

Nalani: The heavens

Mana: Power

Keiki: Child

Puo: Howler

Awapuhi: Ginger

Makani: Wind

Kahua: Guardian

Nui: Large

Kailana: Adored

Kolohe: Rascal

Aliikai: Sea Queen

Mea Kolo: Creepy critter

Moana: Ocean

Weuweu: Fluffy

Nani: Beauty

Nalu: Ocean wave

Pepe: Baby

Moho: Champ

Piki: Peaches

Alemana: Warrior

Noe: Misty

Inoki: Devoted

Lanikai: Heavenly sea

Kio: Puddle

Kika: Tiger

Kiko: Trigger

Koa: Fearless

If you're still struggling to find a name, why not let your dog decide?

If you're still struggling to find a name, why not let your dog decide?

Choosing a Name for Your Dog

Reading through these names, it’s hard not to want to give one to your dog, regardless of where they are from or where you are from. Not only do they sound beautiful, but most of them have pleasant meanings, often centered around temperament and nature.

Keep in mind when naming your dog, that it is a name that you will be saying for many years to come, so you want to avoid a name picked for sheer novelty. We all know that novelty wears off!

Also, if it is a family dog, it’s best to get everyone’s input as it’s their dog, too! Here are some ways that you can involve not only the family in choosing the name but the dog, too!

  • Lei Toss: Have everyone in the family choose a name that they like, write it on an index card, and affix it to the dog. At the same time, everyone should toss their lei toward the dog, so as long as it’s not the timid type. Of course, if anyone lands the lei on the dog, that becomes the name. If there’s more than one lei that lands on the dog, the one closest to the neck is the winner. No leis landed on the dog? No problem! If the dog goes after a particular lei, that’s the name it chooses!
  • Draw from a hat: This is always an easy way to solve naming disputes. Everyone writes down a name or two they like on separate pieces of paper and then whatever name chosen from the hat wins!
  • Flip a coin: If it’s just you picking the name and you have two in mind, flip a coin on it!

Picking a dog’s name should be a fun and painless process. Take your time and choose wisely! Aloha!

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