In recent years, though, hapa has become a term mixed-race people in Hawaii are proud to embrace. Artist Kip Fulbeck lived in Hawaii for several years, and he remembers a more keen awareness of racial and cultural differences among nonwhites than on the mainland. He has photographed thousands of people for the project, and the community surrounding it remains lively online. Among hapas, I'm no longer a biological curiosity, just a product of this country. As I leaned in to say hi, she yelled over the din, "You're hapa, aren't you? I learned the word in Hawaii, where I spent my elementary school years being one of the "whitest" kids in my school in Waialua, Hawaii. December 15, AM ET.
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About 27 percent of Hawaii's population identifies solely as white, compared with the country's
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It's not a coincidence that the term originated in Hawaii; its cultural and geographical isolation makes the state a particularly interesting case study for race and identity in the U. Alex Laughlin is a social media journalist at National Journal, where she tweets, tumbles and brings you the news. I learned the word in Hawaii, where I spent my elementary school years being one of the "whitest" kids in my school in Waialua, Hawaii.