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"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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My experience? Ask ten language experts the same question and you'll get at least five answers.... But, here are my two cents.

Others are correct by posting that the word, "hapa", is only the first part of the original, "hapa haole" -- a term that is mostly misunderstood and subsequently, mistranslated.

Firstly, "hapa" is not a Hawaiian word; it is the Hawaiian pronunciation of the English word, "half". There are only a few consonants in the Hawaiian language and they do not include "f." Secondly, the word, "haole (which is a Hawaiian word)" translates to "foreign" -- not necessarily "Caucasian". If one were to be called, "hafu gaijin" in Japan that would carry an almost identical meaning: "half-foreign". Yes, language evolves and meanings change but -- strictly speaking -- anyone who is not Hawaiian is "haole". Even Asians.
"I'm hapa."

"Really? Where's the rest of you?"
by 7Tigers January 15, 2016
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A term in biology for genetic supremacy. The combination of two races that come together to create a visually appealing piece of art. If Hitler had his choice he would have spit an Arlan in the eye for a glimpse of the true master race... the Hapa.
Hapa: Oliva Munn, Dean Cain, Bruno Mars, Mike Shinoda, Nicole Scherzinger, Dwain Johnson, Apolo Anton Ohno
by HapaHybrid April 26, 2011
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A mixed-race person of Asian descent. Chinese-German, Japanese-Black, Chinese-Vietnamese, Korean-Japanese, Mexican-Korean, Filipino-Welsh, are all possible Hapa combinations.

Mother might be Asian, father might be non-Asian, or vice-versa.

Hapa children might be hot as hell, or butt-ugly.

Hapa's aren't "half" of anything--how could anyone be "half" of something?
by aintnowarbaby November 30, 2003
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Person who is mixed and will have evident phenotypes and genotypes are random.

Some people think they are more attractive and superior. Some people think they are a disgrace to the side of the family. Depends on who sees what. There are beautiful hapas and ugly hapas.

Genetically being mixed is totally random genetics and some people don't realize this. Even being a "pureblood" person has a mix of genetics. This is why people as a whole look different due to of genetics.

Did you know a mule is infertile and that is totally mixed hybrid? Did you know there is also thing as genetic vigor for hybrids?
Did you know there is also inbreeding depression and outbreeding depression?
All of these genetic makeups have a chance for problems or traits wanted.
Science and genetics is tricky but it goes to show genetics is random.
The point is no one is superior in genetics. So being mixed does not mean genetically superior. Neither being pureblood means genetically superior. Genetics is a random game.
Full- "Sometimes I wish for hapa looks!"
Hapa- "Sometimes I wish to look full!"
We want what we can't have sometimes... both can be jealous of each other yet like each other at the same time.
by everyoneslover March 31, 2013
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Hawaiian: a person of mixed racial background. From English "half". Probably originally used in the phrase "hapa haole" = lit. "half white" ("haole" = "white person").
"Tiger Woods, he a hapa."
"So's Barack Obama."
by thnidu March 16, 2013
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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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