ka (“the”) + hana (“work”) + nui (“big”) = "the great work, the hard job".
- A male given name, sometimes also given to women.
- A surname.
- A gulch on Molokai.
- Mary Kawena Pukui - Samuel H. Elbert, Hawaiian Dictionary, University of Hawaii Press 1986
- Hawaii State Archives: Marriage records Kahananui occurs in 19th century marriage records as the only name (mononym) of 35 women and 60 men.