(especially in Hawaii and California) a person of mixed-race heritage who identifies racially and culturally as both white and of Asian descent.
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How to use hapa in a sentence
hapa-haole,” was the answer; “he was a half-caste, you know, and we of the Islands have to think about our children.The House of Pride | Jack London
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
We named it Santa Anna; it is called hapa in the language of the natives.The Solomon Islands and Their Natives | H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
But he did not know it, nor did anybody else guess it except that cursed hapa-haole, Stephen Kaluna.The House of Pride | Jack London