piʻi (“to ascend”) + lani (“sky”) = "ascent to heaven".
- (Hawaiian mythology) An ancient chief of Maui.
- A female given name popular in early 20th century.
- (less common today) A male given name.
- Mary Kawena Pukui - Samuel H. Elbert, Hawaiian Dictionary, University of Hawaii Press 1971, page 396
- Hawaii State Archives: Marriage records Piilani (in the old orthography) occurs in 19th century marriage records as the only name (mononym) of 10 women and 3 men.