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.
Also, at the moment of delivering each kick, he called the Kanaka a black heathen.
As the plantations in Queensland increased, they required more labourers than were willing to leave their homes in the South Sea Islands; and, as the captains of vessels were paid by the planters a certain sum of money for every "Kanaka" they brought over, there was a strong temptation to carry off the natives by force, when, by other means, a sufficient number could not be obtained.
This name, "Kanaka," they answer to, both collectively and individually.
* The word 'Kanaka' is at the present day universally used in the South
Percival Ford looked at the Kanaka half-breed who played under the hau tree, and it seemed, as by some illumination, that he was gazing on a wraith of himself.
From the masthead, across the palm-fringe, a Kanaka announced the lagoon and a small island in the middle.
The brown, breech-clouted Kanaka sailors moved languidly but quickly to head-sheets and boom-tackles.
Jackie-Jackie, a Tongan sailor of experience, served as a sort of bosun and semi-second mate over the mixed Kanaka crew.
But, at the right moment, I passed the tackle to the Kanaka, while
The Kanaka, pleased and self-conscious, took and gave a spoke.
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