Origin of kahuna
Examples from the Web for kahuna
Long and earnestly the kahuna practised all the arts with which he was acquainted and yet completely failed.Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)|W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt
The death of Kohaokalani is attributed chiefly to the Kahuna.
The many known examples of their criminal use inclines us to believe that these kahuna were rather poisoners than magicians.
When a Kanaka has endured an injury he hires a kahuna to pray his enemy to death.Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate|Charles M. Skinner
The kahuna lapaau (medical priest) then said, “Open your mouth.”Hawaiian Folk Tales|Various
Word Origin and History for kahuna
1886, in a report in English by the Hawaiian government, which defines the word as "doctor and sorcerer," from Hawaiian, where it was applied as well to priests and navigators. In surfer slang, for "a god of surfing," it is attested from 1962 (but big kahuna in same sense is said to date from 1950s.