Def.: 1) n. a) White Person b) White American c) derogatory for White Person or White American syn. cracker
2) adj. a) of Caucausian ancestry b) having to do with White American Culture
Haole (or Howlee as I like to spell it) is a bastardization of a Hawaiian word meaning foreigner (literally "without breath"). The correct pronunciation of the Hawaiian word haole is (ha-o-lay).
It can be derogatory depending on usage.
Eh, haole shit, like false crack?
So haole, your hairstyle!
Mos' Hawaiians get some haole.
2. insult: GO BACK TO THE MAINLAND YOU FUCKING HAOLES!
The word haole existed before the arrival of Captain Cook. It's a very old word that appears in a story about the demigod Kamapua'a. "He haole nui, maka 'alohilohi." Also, the word does not mean without breath. The word ha'ole is a different word entirely.
Some foreigners are probably the people who are reading the translation I wrote.
Sometimes used as a deragotory term against white people.
Originated from Hawai'i as a term for foreigners due to the fact that they refused to perform the ritual of sharing their mana through their breath, hence "no breath" definition.
Other times it can be used just for refrence to white people.
Casual: Yea, had 2 hawaiians and one thick haole guy coming at me.
Most commonly used by hapa people with only a drop of Hawaiian blood, who somehow think they are descended from sea-faring god-kings.
Ironically, the people who use this word the most, are part haole themselves, and therefore hate themselves.
I.E. the race card... to be played whenever things don't go EXACTLY their way.
It's racism pure and simple.
Funny that the one of the most genetically diverse group of people is also one of the most racist.