(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
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