Meaning of hapa in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɑːpə/


  • A person who is partially of Asian or Pacific Islander descent.

    ‘many larger universities have organizations for hapas, or societies based on bi- or multi-ethnic awareness’
    • ‘Being a hapa means feeling forever uneasy, no matter where you are or who you're with, white or Asian.’
    • ‘He wandered over to the barbecue grill where I was talking to another guest, a photographer and fellow Hapa.’
    • ‘That's me, yes, I'm a hapa too, a baby born of war to a Vietnamese mother and a American serviceman.’
    • ‘He grew up in polyglot Oahu, a hapa – the Hawaiian term for someone of mixed heritage – in a place full of hapas.’
    • ‘Back home, a hapa may just be considered as "exotic" but here, it feels like we're recognized as the future.’
    • ‘So the hapas will go off to debate their issues and the mixed Africans and the Asians theirs.’
    • ‘Actually there are 1.6 million hapas in the United States.’
    • ‘It's perfectly normal for hapas to deal with identity issues.’


Hawaiian, literally ‘half’.