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[hah-puh] /ˈhɑ pə/
(especially in Hawaii and California) a person of mixed-race heritage who identifies racially and culturally as both white and of Asian descent.
Origin of hapa
1985-90; < Hawaiian Pidgin: half Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "hapa," he whispered, as he carefully climbed down and indicated with his hand that they were near.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
  • Allowing for the variation in the spelling of native names, we can here recognise the hapa of the Spaniards.

    The Solomon Islands and Their Natives

    H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy

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