Definition of big kahuna in English:

big kahuna

(also big kahoona)


  • 1rare In Hawaii: a prominent priest, sage, or healer. Compare kahuna. rare.

  • 2Surfing
    Surfing. (A name for) a particularly skilled or respected surfer.

  • 3A person or thing of great importance or power.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Leprosy in Hawaii. From big + kahuna.


big kahuna

/ˌbɪɡ kəˈhuːnə/