Before you find out the meaning of this word, you have to know where if comes from. In Hawaii there are many ethnic groups and languages, yeah? During plantation times there were workers from all over the place - Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, etc all trying to communicate. Pidgin kind of melds all these together. The official languages of Hawaii are English and Hawaiian. Pidgin is the local slang. But more than just slang.
As a side note, let's just remember that I'm a silly haole. I would look like a complete idiot if I started calling you braddah, and drawling out an oh riiiiigh (all right) in agreement to you. But I like to pretend that I'm cool like that. So, no geev me da stink eye, yeah?
Back to Da Kine:
Da kine is pronounced like this: da = duh, kine = kind minus the d
Peppo's Pidgin to the Max defines "Da Kine" as
DA KINE (da KINE) Da kine is the keystone of pidgin. You can use it
anywhere, anytime, anyhow. Very convenient. What would we do without DA KINE?
"Ey, I no can da kine if you no like da kine, too!"
This is a very handy word if you have a memory like mine. If I can't remember the name of that thing that I need to open a can of spam, I can say "brah, toss me da kine."
Da Kine also seems to be able to describe something as way cool, the best. This blog, it's da kine!
Interested in speaking pidgin mo bettah? Head over HERE, you'll be making talk story like a local in no time.