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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hawaii A Hawaiian of Polynesian descent; a Native Hawaiian.
  • n. Australian & New Zealand A South Sea Islander, especially one brought to Australia as a laborer in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Often used disparagingly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Hawaiian or Sandwich Islander. Also Kanacha, Kanaker, Kanak.
  • n. One of the brown laborers brought from the Pacific islands, on a three years' agreement, and largely employed in northern Queensland, especially on the sugar-plantations.

Etymologies

Hawaiian, human being, Kanaka.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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