kamaaina

noun
ka·ma·ai·na | \ ˌkä-mə-ˈī-nə \

Definition of kamaaina 

: one who has lived in Hawaii for a long time

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Strong flavors are ascendant here, with nuances that only a kamaaina might understand, like ahi with white onions (clean and sweet) versus ahi with scallions (mellower). Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, "Heading home to Hawaii in search of poke," 10 Jan. 2018 Strong flavors are ascendant here, with nuances that only a kamaaina might understand, like ahi with white onions (clean and sweet) versus ahi with green onions (mellower). Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Home to Hawaii in Search of Poke," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of kamaaina

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kamaaina

Hawaiian kama'āina, from kama child + 'āina land

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