My name is Samantha, I’m 23, and very proud to be called Hapa! I’ve been called so many ethnicities from Latina to Peruvian to Native American. I love hearing people’s guesses and enjoy telling them that I’m Hawaiian/Portuguese.
Growing up with my large islander family sometimes made me feel embarrassed to be half haole (my dad’s side), but I’ve come to embrace it and be thankful.
I was fortunate enough to have grandparents who instilled in me a deep sense of my heritage and I’ve been dancing traditional hula since I was a child. It’s something I hope to pass on to my own children one day and spread the Hapa Pride!