1. (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
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Examples from the Web for hapa

Historical Examples of hapa

  • "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