noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
Origin of kanaka
Examples from the Web for kanaka
Three Kanaka men, strangers to the island, sat cross-legged on the turf.
The Kanaka easily could be mistaken for a woman, as he also, like Sidney, was slender and smooth-chinned.The Green Mummy|Fergus Hume
The next day I spent in reading and sleeping, except when I took the launch to go watch the Kanaka boys fish.Through the South Seas with Jack London|Martin Johnson
Why, either of these men talk better English than any ordinary Kanaka who has made a four years' voyage in a whaler.There She Blows!|William Hussey Macy
One of the Kanaka hands was in waiting to put the doctor across.The Marriage of Esther|Guy Boothby
Word Origin for Kanaka
U.S. nautical and Australian name for "native of South Sea islands," 1840, from Hawaiian kanaka "man" (Samoan tangata).