from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. American yankee or leader.
- n. Priest of high rank, or often said of an expert in a profession, such as dentistry.
- n. Sorcerer, magician or wizard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A priest or medicine-man.
Every sort of kahuna was at bottom and in some regard a priest, his special department being indicated by a qualifying word, as _kahuna anaana_, sorcerer, _kahuna kalai wa'a_, canoe-maker.
The Hawaiian word kahuna meaning "priest" sounds remarkably similar to the Hebrew word for priest, but unless you can devise a story about an ancient encounter between Semitic tribes and Polynesians, it is likely that the two languages just happened to hit upon the same combination of sound and meaning in this one instant.
Charley shot off the spelling of "kahuna" before making a mad dash off the stage.
Once that power base is recognized, the biggest "kahuna" of them all becomes visible.
Whether you are a Native American medicine person, a Hawaiian kahuna, or a Kalahari Bushman, a sacred song is the line that connects you to the divine and enables the medicine to come forth, whether by direct infusion or recommended prescription.
It was the first of an expected wave of technology IPOs including companies such as discount-deal website Groupon Inc., music site Pandora Media Inc., and online game developer Zynga Inc. The big kahuna of technology offerings, Facebook, is expected next year.
Zynga Inc., the San Francisco social-gaming company, has filed to go public, with the big kahuna—Facebook Inc.—expected to follow next year.
"My guess is that Florida is going to be the big kahuna," said Brad Coker, a Florida-based pollster for Mason-Dixon who conducts surveys nationwide.
She could skin the ordinary kahuna lapaau (medicine man) when it came to praying to Lonopuha and Koleamoku; read dreams and visions and signs and omens and indigestions to beat the band; make the practitioners under the medicine god, Maiola, look like thirty cents; pull off a pule hoe incantation that would make them dizzy; and she claimed to a practice of kahuna hoenoho, which is modern spiritism, second to none.
I'm not talking about the Constitution of the State of Michigan; I'm talking about the big kahuna: The Constitution of the United States.
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