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(juhn-KAH-luhn-KAH) (adj) Pidgin description of something that is old, broken down, used up.


English: Perhaps we should borrow your mother’s car since the road is steep and winding and your car tires are bald and the brakes are soft.

Pidgin: Pali road? In that junkalunka thing? No way!

Note: ‘Ōlelo is a Hawaiian word meaning language, speech, word, etc.  To see the current list of Hawaiian and Pidgin words, definitions, and usage please click on

Pidgin Dictionary


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