kahuna

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kahuna

Paranormal
A priest and medicine man (or woman) of the Hawaiian Islands, who uses tropical plants for shamanic medical rituals that predate recorded history. The kahuna is believed capable of foretelling the future, reviving the dead and controlling a person’s “mana”.

Vox populi
A popular term for the person in command, typically expressed as “big kahuna”.
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