Definitions for kahunakəˈhu nə
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word kahuna
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a native Hawaiian priest, healer, or sorcerer.
Origin of kahuna:
1885–90; < Hawaiian
American yankee or leader.
Priest of high rank, or often said of an expert in a profession, such as dentistry.
Sorcerer, magician or wizard.
Origin: Borrowed from word kahuna.
Kahuna is a Hawaiian word, defined in Pukui & Elbert as a "priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession". Forty different types of kahuna are listed in the book Tales from the Night Rainbow. Kamakau lists more than 20 in the healing professions alone, including for example "Kahuna la'au lapa'au" and "kahuna haha". With the revival of the Hawaiian culture beginning in the 1970s, some native Hawaiian cultural practitioners call themselves kahuna today. Others, particularly devout Christians, disdain the term. The word has been given an esoteric or secret meaning by modern followers of Max Freedom Long and Huna to emphasise a priestly or shamanic standing, however, those interested in true Hawaiian traditional mysticism must understand that "Huna" is not Hawaiian and should be wary of anyone using the term.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[IBM: from the Hawaiian title for a shaman] Synonym for wizard, guru.
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