The Etymology of Hapa

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Saturday April 28

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2:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

In conjunction with JANM’s – 15 years of the hapa project exhibition, scholar Richard Keao NeSmith will discuss the origins and evolution of the word hapa, the Hawaiian interpretation of the English word “half.” His talk will address varying perspectives on who is hapa, who can or should rightfully use the term, and what linguists call the etymological process of conversion. NeSmith has written an essay included in the catalog; he will sign copies following the program.


This program is free for Museum members and included with general admission for non-members. Please purchase admission at the front desk prior to the event. RSVPs are strongly encouraged using this online form.