Hapa is a Hawaiian word that was originally part of the full phrase hapa haole, which was a derogatory term for someone half Hawaiian and half “white foreigner.”
Today, the phrase has been shortened to simply “hapa” and generally refers to anyone part Asian or Pacific Islander and part Caucasian. However, the definition of “hapa” has come more and more to mean “half” or “of mixed blood,” in which case, many different racial combinations are beginning to fall under the umbrella of “hapa.” —Urban dictionary.
Below are photos of the most precious “hapa haole” children of Hawaii…
This “hapa haole” little girl’s mother is half French, half Italian, and her father is half Japanese, half Filipino
Mother and daughter
This Japanese/Caucasian-mixed baby loves her white sandy Kaua’i beaches
Two of the most adorable “hapa haole” boys enjoying their lunch at Hanalei Bay
Being born and raised on Kaua’i has to be the best place to grow up. It is truly a “melting pot” here and produces some of the most beautiful children in the world. Growing up “hapa haole” has made me appreciate all of the different cultures of Hawaii.
Darian Ponce, R(S)