In Hawaian, Keanu means 'cool breeze over the mountains'. Some of his early movies credit him as K.C. Reeves, Norman Kreeves or Chuck Spadina, since his agent thought his name was 'too exotic'.
He is very clear about his idea of a happy life.
When asked in 1995 about his idea of a joyful life, he replied, "Lying in bed with my lover, riding my bike, sports, happy times with my friends, conversation, learning, the earth, dirt, a beautiful repast with friends, family with wine and glorious food and happy tidings and energy and zest and lust for life. I like being in the desert, in nature, being in extraordinary spaces in nature, high in a tree or in the dirt, hanging out with my family, my sisters."