[Ads-l] "hafu"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat May 30 20:09:01 UTC 2015

The "New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary" (1992) says "hapa" is of mixed 
blood and "hapa haole" is part-white. Both definitions are for people as 
well as things (hapa also meaning portion, fragment). BB
> May 30, 2015 at 12:40 PM
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> Poster: Jim Parish <jparish at SIUE.EDU>
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> If I recall correctly, when I lived in Hawaii (mid-'60s), as often as
> not the phrase was "hapa haole" - "half white", with the implication
> that the other half was Asian or Pacific Islander.
> Jim Parish

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