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stink eye

stink eye n. a facial expression of doubt, distrust, or dislike; a dirty look; skunk eye, the hairy eyeball. Etymological Note: There is inconclusive evidence that this term originated in Hawaii and spread through beach sports such as surfing and...

papa holua

papa holua  n.— «Papa Holua is not the father of the hula hoop. It’s the name of an ancient Hawaiian sport that literally means “to slide into the pit” in Hawaiian.» —“Hawaii’s Insane and Ancient Downhill Sport, Papa...

vog

vog  n.— «The island of Hawaii does have a monitoring system and a Vog index, the researchers point out, but it is measured only along the Kona Coast, not in Kau. This “volcano-smog” index—Vog is a locally coined term—also is...

hapa

hapa adj. racially mixed, esp. with an Asian racial background. Editorial Note: This is “Asian” in the North American sense, where it usually refers to East Asians from China, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea. Etymological Note: Hawaiian hapa...

hapa

hapa  adj.— «Faced with a similar question, 5-year-old Gabriella Grosz says, “I’m black and white.” And Cindie Nakashima, a 22-year-old graduate student who once called herself “half-Japanese and half-white,” now...

hapa

hapa  adj.— «At Stanford last year, a group of women who are Asian and white and were in classes together formed HAPA, the Half Asian People’s Association. “Hapa” is Hawaiian for half Asian.» —“Students Of Mixed Race Form...