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kanaka

[kuh-nak-uh, -nah-kuh, kan-uh-kuh] /kəˈnæk ə, -ˈnɑ kə, ˈkæn ə kə/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
a native Hawaiian.
2.
a South Sea islander.
Origin
< Hawaiian: person
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Kanaka

/kəˈnækə; ˈkænəkə/
noun
1.
(esp in Hawaii) a native Hawaiian
2.
(often not capital) (Austral) any native of the South Pacific islands, esp (formerly) one abducted to work in Australia
Word Origin
C19: from Hawaiian: man, human being
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Word Origin and History for kanaka
n.

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

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