Mudcat Café message #1699718 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #85077   Message #1699718
Posted By: GUEST,Rev
21-Mar-06 - 07:01 PM
Thread Name: EFDSS book John Kanakanaka
Subject: RE: EFDSS book John Kanakanaka
"John Kanaka" has nothing to do with "John Canoe," although there may be a distant relationship. "John Kanaka" comes from the many Polynesians (mostly Hawaiians) who sailed as crew aboard European and American whalers in the 19th century. They were called "Kanakas" or "Canackers" based on the Hawaiian word "kanaka" which means "person" or "human being."