About Us

Who We Are and What We Do

We are a group of mixed-ethnicity students at MIT that is interested in issues affecting people with mixed backgrounds. Our events serve to benefit others with mixed backgrounds or simply to have fun and connect with other students through a common understanding.

What is "hapa"?

Hapa is the Hawaiian word for "half" and was initially a derogatory term used to describe someone who was half Hawaiian. The phrase "hapa haole" was commonly used, meaning half white. The term hapa was initially adapted by people of Japanese-White mixed heritage to describe themselves, and is now used to describe anyone of mixed heritage with partially Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry.