[Ads-l] "hafu"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 30 20:15:47 UTC 2015


"Hapa haole" appears in Jones's "From Here to Eternity," based of course on
his experiences on Oahu in 1941.

JL

On Sat, May 30, 2015 at 4:09 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com>
wrote:

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> 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
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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.
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> > Jim Parish
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