/kəˈnækə / (say kuh'nakuh)

1. History a Pacific islander, especially one brought forcibly to Australia during the 19th century as a labourer. See blackbirding.
2. (derogatory) (racist) a Pacific islander.
3. an indigenous Hawaiian.
4. of or relating to a Kanaka.
{Hawaiian: literally, man}
Usage: The term Kanaka was commonly applied to Pacific islander people in the 19th century, in extension of the Hawaiian meaning. In Australia, Kanaka has become a derogatory term for a Pacific islander person (def. 2) and is now considered offensive. However, elsewhere it is used to refer to an indigenous Hawaiian person (def. 3), without the same offensive connotation.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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