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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.


When “Mixed” Isn’t EnoughRead how Professor Nicole Holliday explains why some individuals and groups that identify as two or more races are sensing a lexical gap for terms they would like for their own their specific racial combination.

Nearby words

haole, haoma, haora, haori, hap, hapa, hapai, hapax legomenon, hapaxanthic, haphalgesia, haphazard

Origin of hapa

1985–90; < Hawaiian Pidgin: half Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hapa

  • 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
  • "Hapa," he whispered, as he carefully climbed down and indicated with his hand that they were near.

    In Africa|John T. McCutcheon