kanaka

kanaka

[kuh-nak-uh, -nah-kuh, kan-uh-kuh]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
a native Hawaiian.
2.
a South Sea islander.

Origin:
< Hawaiian: person

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Kanaka (kəˈnækə, ˈkænəkə)
 
n
1.  (esp in Hawaii) a native Hawaiian
2.  (Austral) (often not capital) any native of the South Pacific islands, esp (formerly) one abducted to work in Australia
 
[C19: from Hawaiian: man, human being]

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kanaka
U.S. nautical and Australian name for "native of South Sea islands," 1840, from Hawaiian kanaka "man" (Samoan tangata).
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