Abbreviation for Kameraden Polizei or "Comrade Folice." Kapos were prisoners, Jewish and non-Jewish, who were selected by German guards to oversee labor details or their barracks in the concentration and labor camps. They became as violent or more violent than the Germans. Had they acted less violently, they would have been murdered, too.
Kapo was a term used for certain prisoners who worked inside the Nazi concentration camps during World War II in various lower administrative positions. The German word may also mean "foreman" and "non-commissioned officer", and is derived from French for "Corporal" (:fr:Caporal) or the Italian word capo. Kapos received more privileges than normal prisoners, towards whom they were often brutal.
In Hawaiian mythology, Kapo is a goddess of fertility, sorcery and dark powers who can assume any shape she wills. She is the mother of Laka, although some versions have them as the same goddess. Her parents are Haumea and Kane Milohai.