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July 22, 2022

KKona Meaning & Origin Explained - Twitch Emote Guide

Have you seen or used the Twitch emote and wondering what "Kkona" means? Learn the meaning, how to use it, and where it came from.

Kona and Actress Danielle Spencer - Original Photo used for Kkona Emote


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What does KKona Mean?

Kkona Twitch Emote

Kkona is a Twitch emote that means over-the-top stereotypical American. It is most commonly used when a streamer does something that is stereotypically America or when the streamer does something or is thought to be the best at doing something.

It can also be used when a streamer does something that seems completely ridiculous to the rest of the world. Sometimes it's used as a substitute to mean "hillybilly" or "redneck." Mistakingly, it is sometimes used as a substitute for the Kappa emote as well.

KKona Twitch Emote Origin

The origin of the Kkona emote comes from Twitch streamer Konas "Kona" Korner who began streaming in the early Justin.TV days. The photo was taken in 2010 at the Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con. In the photo, Konas is meeting and posing with American Actress Danielle Spencer, who appeared in the popular TV series "What's Happening".

The actual emote dates from somewhere between 2010 and 2018. If you'd like to see a video of Kona sharing the original photo (which you can see at the top of this article) you can view it here.

The actual emote arrived in 2015, when it was uploaded to BetterTTV by NightDev. It was turned into a global emote that could be (and still can be) used by anyone who has BTTV installed.

How to Use the KKona Emote

You can use the Kkona emote for free by installing the Better Twitch TV (BTTV). BTTV is a free browser extension which has many features to enhance and improve Twitch. One of the features is that it includes many emotes to choose and use, including the Kkona emote.

You will need to install BTTV to use the Kkhona emote on Twitch, and only other viewers with BTTV installed will be able to see the emote. Viewers without BTTV installed will only see the word "Kkona".

The other option is to subscribe to Kona's Twitch stream. By subscribing you'll receive the legendary and rare Golden Kkona that is exclusive to Twitch subs only.

How is KKona Pronounced?

You pronounce Kkona as: “K-kona”.

Why was KKona removed from Twitch?

The Kkona emote was never an official global emote on Twitch, but could only be used if you subscribed to Kona's Twitch channel or by utilizing BTTV. The Kkona emote therefore was never removed from Twitch.

The Other Kkona Emote

In 2017, another version of the popular Kkona emote was added to Twitch browser extension FrankerFaceZ. The new emote was called "KkonaW" and was a close-up zoom of the original Kkona emote. It has the exact same meaning as the original Kkona emote, but is preferred by some Twitch viewers.

The zoomed-in emote phase starting with a W was introduced by SodaPoppin many years ago. The W stands for wide, and has been a common way for other zoomed-in, close-up emotes to be named.

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Does Kona still stream on Twitch?

Unfortunately, Kona no longer actively streams on Twitch.

Will you use this emote now?

As a final reminder, Kkona is an emote that is used to describe streamers or a streamers' actions that are overtly America. With it, viewers are saying that what has been doing is very America. It's a picture of the famous streamer Kona smiling, and was taken at a Comic Con in 2010.

Now that you understanding its meaning, will you install BTTV or subscribe to Kona to use the emote?

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