kamaaina

noun
ka·​ma·​ai·​na | \ ˌkä-mə-ˈī-nə How to pronounce kamaaina (audio) \

Definition of kamaaina

: one who has lived in Hawaii for a long time

Examples of kamaaina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the town of Waikoloa‘s course, upslope from the Kohala shore, where kamaaina play as do knowing visitors. Ken Van Vechten, Los Angeles Times, "Eight places to play golf in Hawaii for as little as $55 a round," 9 Oct. 2019 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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“Kamaaina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kamaaina. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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