[Ads-l] "hafu"

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sun May 31 00:43:07 UTC 2015


Does "hapa" suggest an origin not from English "half" but from a Polynesian language (particularly if "hapa" can also mean "portion", and given the other comments about "hapu")?  Or at least a branched derivation from English "half" to both Polynesian "hapu" and Japanese "hafu"?Joel
      From: Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM>
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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
> May 30, 2015 at 12:40 PM
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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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