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Hondo Ohnaka was a Weequay male pirate and the captain of the Ohnaka Gang, an Weequay pirate group, on the backwater planet Florrum during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. Born to a poor family, Ohnaka was sold as a child into slavery by his parents. Ohnaka eventually managed to escape the life of slavery by stowing away on an offworld ship, following which he formed a group of pirates on Florrum. Ohnaka's pirates flourished during the Clone Wars by dealing spice and receiving ransoms through kidnapping and extortion.

One of these kidnappings would eventually be Count Dooku, the Head of State of the Confederacy of Independent Systems fighting against the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars. Realizing how valuable Dooku was, Ohnaka attempted to sell him to the Galactic Republic for a hefty spice ransom. The ensuing hostage crisis would also lead to the capture of the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. The Jedi and Dooku would manage to escape with the assistance of a squad of clone troopers led by Representative Jar Jar Binks of the Galactic Senate. Ohnaka would later confront the Jedi once again on Felucia during one of his routine raids on an agricultural settlement, though the Jedi and a team of bounty hunters, led by Sugi, fought off Ohnaka and his pirate forces.

Later in the Clone Wars, he agreed to deliver missile launchers to the Onderon rebels. Some time after that, his base was destroyed in a raid by General Grievous. In 20 BBY, the Sith Lord Darth Maul and his brother/apprentice Savage Opress arrived at Florrum to hire a gang of bounty hunters. Ohnaka and loyalist pirates, aided by the Jedi Kenobi and Adi Gallia, fought and defeated the two brothers.