100+ Hawaiian Dog Names: Ideas for Laid-Back & Adorable Dogs

Aloha! Maybe you’re a fan of the island life and want your furry friend to remind you of that vacation you took a few years back. Or, you could be in awe of the Hawaiian people who are known to be very traditional with a compelling sense of culture and values, and a deep connection to nature and spirituality.

These qualities all lend themselves as helpful inspiration to finding a Hawaiian name for your laid-back beach-loving dog. We’ve put together a list of over 100 of our favorites: female dog names, male dog names, and plant and flower inspired dog names. Now, scroll down and pick the perfect name quick, so you can celebrate with a hula tonight!

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Female Hawaiian Dog Names

  • Kona
  • Nai’a
  • Alamea
  • Kina
  • Lomi
  • Wailele
  • Moana
  • Wahine
  • Koa
  • Mei
  • Ululani
  • Nohea
  • Akahi
  • Makani
  • Lolo
  • Malihini
  • Lilo
  • Molokai
  • Kaika
  • Maile
  • Luana
  • Miki
  • Lanai
  • Mahina
  • Mau Loa
  • Hula
  • Mele
  • Honua
  • Kalae
  • Momi
  • Mai tai
  • Malana
  • Kalia
  • Hoaloha
  • Aloha
  • Uilani
  • Mauna
  • Hilo
  • Lani
  • Milani
  • Kala
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Male Hawaiian Dog Names

  • Peka
  • Kaliko
  • Akamu
  • Kahuna
  • Anakoni
  • Kai
  • Keanu
  • Poi
  • Lupo
  • Kahili
  • Kahawai
  • Hono
  • Peni
  • Oahu
  • Lui
  • Hawaii
  • Mana
  • Palani
  • Liko
  • Hanale
  • Inoki
  • Kikokiko
  • Miki
  • Kekoa
  • Waikiki
  • Kea
  • Keoni
  • Palila
  • Malo
  • Maui
  • Keiki
  • Kanani
  • Tua
  • Nui
  • Lono
  • Honu
  • Lua pele
  • Kapena
  • Haukea
  • Waimea
  • Moku
  • Makani
  • Amana
  • Sula
  • Kaleo
  • Koi
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Hawaiian Plant and Flower Dog Names

Hawaii is known for its beautiful flora. Often, the first people think about are the tropical plants, hibiscus and plumeria flowers, even the monstera leaf. All of these plants have their English names which most of us know them by, but they also have beautiful Hawaiian names. Some of the plant life is native to the islands, while others just grow there beautifully. Take a peek at our favourite Hawaiian plant and flower names for your dog below. Before you pick one, we recommend searching for the actual plant so you can be sure your pup’s personality matches it.

  • Pili
  • Honohono
  • Koaiʻe
  • Pukiawe
  • Kauna’oa
  • ‘Ahinahina
  • Kaulu
  • Hupilo
  • Moa
  • Hau hele
  • Huluhulu
  • Laukahi
  • Lokelani
  • Kukui
  • Hinahina
  • Neke
  • Lule
  • Kauila
  • Alena
  • Koali’awa
  • Noulu
  • Hala
  • Mokihana
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Bonus: A Mythological Hawaiian Dog Name

Kaupe

In Hawaiian mythological stories, Kaupe was a cannibalistic dog-man. It is believed that Kaupe went on a search to other islands to look for humans to feast on.

The name is preferred for being distinct from other commonly used words that the dog may confuse it with, in addition to its easy pronunciation. The name is also very quickly picked up on by canines that can set it apart from other commands.

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Finding the Right Hawaiian Name for Your Dog

Hawaiian dog names are nothing less than a delight to scout through when picking a name for your pet, especially because you can dream of being on Waikiki Beach with a mai tai in your hand while doing it. 

Even though no Hawaiian dog breed currently exists on the face of the earth, there are so many Hawaiian names that are perfect for your dog.

Tips for Choosing the Right Name

Having trouble deciding on just one? No worries – here we have outlined a few tips sure to help you make the right decision.

  • Keep it simple. You will thank yourself in the long. Your pup will become more familiar with their name much sooner with a name that’s short and sweet. You might even save yourself some time during the training process.
  • Try to avoid embarrassing, negative, or offensive names. You should want your pup to be proud of their name, not embarrassed. You should also be comfortable telling a stranger, or your vet their name without any hesitation. Keep those silly nicknames between you and your pet.
  • Once you decide on a name, stick with it! Once you’ve introduced a name to your pup, don’t change it on them. In doing so, you might confuse them or set them back. You might feel inclined to give them a nickname, but this should also wait until they are confident with the name you’ve initially chosen.
  • Have Fun! Getting a new pup is an exciting time, and choosing their name is no exception. Do not overthink it, and look to your pup’s personality for additional insight. After all, they will truly love whatever you decide to go with!

We hope you found the perfect one, but if you still aren’t sure, check out one of our other dog name lists:


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