I won the battle with my name several years ago when I started taking music seriously. But before I knew deep down that this was something I wanted to do, I disliked my name. For the sole reason why I love it now.
Despite growing up in Hawaii with a Hawaiian name, there were tons of times my name got butchered, mispronounced, or misspelled. Keilana took on the form of Keilani, Kilana, or Kaelena and sometimes I'd just pretend that that was it because it took more effort to correct than it did to be passive.
Then in my teenage years, I decided to shorten the name, to a more user friendly form, Lana. I'd go by Lana when I'd introduce myself to strangers, when I'd order my favorite cup of Starbucks, and for literally every other daily activity.
But when I decided to pursue music, I finally realized how lucky I was to have a name that stuck out and was special. It took a while for me to accept that although one of the scariest things about being unique is there is high possibility of criticism. But, conversely there is opportunity to be rewarded and noticed for your endeavors. And my biggest desire is to make an impact in the world.
Keilana is derived from two Hawaiian words. Kei, meaning to glorify or to take pride in and Lana meaning to rise, float, be buoyant. So when you put those words together, they translate to the phrase, The Adored One or Elevated.