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hapa

[ hah-puh ]
/ ˈhɑ pə /
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noun

(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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Nearby words

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

Origin of hapa

1985–90; < Hawaiian Pidgin: half
Dictionary.com 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