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)]
Hapa, literally “half” in Hawaiian, was originally used as a derogatory term to describe people of biracial ancestry. Today, many multicarical individuals of Asian or Pacific Islander descent have embraced the word as a term of prideful self-identification. Although some object to the term’s appropriation and perceived misuse outside of its traditional Hawaiian context, “Hapa” has been widely adopted by the Asian and Pacific Islander multiracial communities.