hapa is a term originating in the Hawaiian islands, where it is used to refer to people with two or more ethnicities. It does not always mean "part asian"...it can be any two or more ethnicities. In the old days, hapa reffered to only being part white and part polynesian (Hawaiian). hapa means "part", so it can apply to 1/4 Hawaiian or French or whatever ethnic background as well.
i am hapa Hawai'i (part Hawaiian), hapa Palani (part French), hapa Okinawa (part Okinawan) and hapa 'Inikiki 'Amelika (part Native American)
by Hawai'ian August 17, 2009
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ha•pa (hä’pä) adj. 1. Slang. of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry. n. 2. Slang. a person of such ancestry. {der./Hawaiian: hapa haole. (half white)}
Kirk Hammett is Hapa.
by Hapa Project September 19, 2005
1; Of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry. 2; If an individual has one parent whom is Asian/Pacific Islander, and one parent whom is of an ethnicity outside of Asian/Pacific Islander, they would generally be considered Hapa. 3; Damn good looking people
Tina: God I love Hapa guys

Jennifer: Who doesn't?
by hapa dude April 22, 2008
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 genreally refers to anyone part Asian or Pacific Islander and, generally, 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".
white + asian = hapa
by i_am_hapa January 03, 2005
It literally means half in Hawaiian. It was originally meant to describe someone who was part Hawaiian, part whatever. But the term hapa has come to mean half asian, half white to a lot of people.
She's hapa haole" (a common term in hawaii that means half white).
by riceflower January 15, 2004
A child born with one Asian parent and one non-Asian parent.
The singer, Amerie, is one of the many beautiful African-American/Asian hapas in entertainment.
by United-Nations May 13, 2009
In literal terms, hapa means half, or part. In the past, the term was coupled with the term haole, which means Caucasian or foreigner, to categorize a person as half-white. As such, being a hapa was akin to being a half-breed, a somewhat negative notion. However, in contemporary usage, hapa has taken on the meaning of anyone of mixed ethnicities, especially in Hawaii where more than half the population is of mixed race. On the Mainland, however, the half-breed connotation still prevails in some circles.
You know the kind, Hapa
She/He is a Hapa
by Hapa Potter March 03, 2010
"Half" in the Hawaiian language. Originally used to describe someone who was half-Hawaiian but came to more prominently refer to someone who's half-Asian or Pacific Islander. Increasingly used to describe people who are of any racial mix, but this is still generally misunderstood as referring to a half-Asian; also, increasingly used to describe people who are of a partial Asian ancestry, e.g three quarters non-Asian, one quarter Asian. However, the term is fairly recent, and many hapas would not necessarily know that you are referring to them if you were to describe them as hapa.

Some hapas have tried to claim that the use of the term is equivilant to nigga in the black community, i.e. that one hapa can refer to another as hapa and it is good, but a non-hapa cannot, and it would be insulting. Most other hapas think these people are retards and are just happy to have something that isn't as patronizing as halfie or halvsie and easier to say than half-Chinese/Japanese/Korean/whatever.
"If Magnus Karlsson and Yuki Fujiwara have a kid together, it'll be hapa."

"My dad is Chinese and my mom is black, and so I'm hapa."

"Did you know that Karen is a hapa? I had no idea, but I guess I can see it now."
by Tristan_S December 26, 2006
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