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Product Awards:  
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1999

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30-40 minutes 2

Designer(s): Guenter Cornett

Manufacturer(s): Kosmos

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Product Description

Two Kahuna priests fight for dominance of an archipelago with twelve small islands. In order to properly enjoy the magic of the South Seas, they must determine which of them is the most powerful.

They both watch carefully which cards fate gradually brings them. Then they spin their webs, point their fingers with a bang at one, two or more islands and try to win the upper hand. In South Seas spell casting, one thing is certain: without tactics, the best magic means nothing.

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1999

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Guenter Cornett

  • Manufacturer(s): Kosmos

  • Artist(s): Claus Stephan

  • Year: 1998

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 30 - 40 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 350 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. An English translation of the rules is provided.


  • 1 game board
  • 24 island cards
  • 20 Kahuna markers
  • 50 Kahuna bridges

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 23 reviews

IQ challenge
August 16, 2005

This game is fun in that it can require some serious thinking if the players are experienced, but will also prove fun for first-timers. There are a lot of subtleties, e.g. which cards to discard, gauging which cards are in the opponents' hand, deciding whether to pick a card from the pile (hidden choice) or from the set of three cards on display (choice is then visible to the other player), etc.... The games are relatively short, and the materials are exotic. Highly recommended.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Scala
Why I love this game!
August 03, 2004

1) Its easy to learn.

2) Its highly challenging - from choosing your replacement cards to deciding which islands to build your bridge.

3) Keeps you thinking constantly - every move your opponent makes greatly affects your next move.

4) Anticipation of the killer move - yup, either way, the thrill of waiting to execute a killer move (which in this game means placing a bridge that literally knocks off couple of your opponents bridges resulting in loss of control of several islands) and the devastation of being a victim of such a move is the highpoint!

Perhaps the best measure of Kahuna as a great game is that the loser accepts that he/she didnt lose through a heavy dose of bad luck, and cant wait to play again?!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Easy to play, easy to learn, hard to stop
March 28, 2004

When we open the box, my husband and I always say we're just going to play one game, but somehow three games later we're asking for best 3 out of 5.

This and Lost Cities are our favourite Kosmos 2 player games. We alternate between the two regularly. If you like these, I'd also recommend 'Caesar and Cleopatra' and 'Babel.'

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