Kanaka Ikaika (Kanaka I Kai Ka?) Which name is correct?

What is up with the Kanaka Ikaika association name? Online it is listed as Kanaka Ikaika but on most stickers and t-shirts their name is listed as "Kanaka I Kai Ka." If "Kanaka I Kai Ka" is what they are going with, then what is it suppose to mean?

Submitted by kaiwi on Thu, 05/22/2008 - 1:28pm



Someone (John Foti, Jon Emerson) else correct me if I err but I believe the association's intended name purpose was Kanaka Ikaika - Kanaka being person, and Ikaika = strong, but even that I believe is an americanized hawaiian expression of "strong person" and not proper hawaiian syntax. As for the other version - "kanaka i kai ka" that hawaiian phrase does not make sense at all to me and perhaps someone else with expertise in this area can better elaborate.

Mary Kawena Pukui is truly the authority regarding ka 'ōlelo Hawai'i


#1 Thu, 05/22/2008 - 4:09pm


I believe you are right Kala. Besides it being how the older logos were (with Ikaika), 'I Kai Ka' just doesn't make sense.


#2 Thu, 05/22/2008 - 6:41pm


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