Please enjoy the original writing, Christian travel journal, and photography by a hapa haole named Gail Rhea.

Original Writing & Photography

by Gail Rhea


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This hapa haole named Gail Rhea enjoys photography.    

Relax in the Projection Room and watch slide shows that include Honolulu architecture, cityscapes, flora, landscapes, and seascapes on the island of Oahu in the state of Hawaii. All photographs are existing light, mostly outdoor and travel oriented with a little street photography added in for variety.


This hapa haole named Gail Rhea enjoys creative writing and a Christian travel journal.


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This hapa haole named Gail Rhea likes to write with fountain pens and drink tea.


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This hapa haole named Gail Rhea is a Christian, a writer, and a photographer.


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"Hapa Haole" Defined

Hapa (ha’pa), a Hawaiian word meaning half or part.

Haole (how’lee), a Hawaiian word meaning Caucasian, white, foreigner.

Hapa haole, a person of mixed ancestry with one Caucasian parent. Also a style of Hawaiian music characterized by an Americanized melody with words sung in English. 

Hapa haoles have always had to make a place for themselves in two cultures. Fortunately, Hawaii has a tolerant attitude due to the various national groups living in close proximity and frequent intermarriage. Different customs are more often greeted with, “Oh, is that what you do? This is what we do.” Favorite parts of each group’s culture are then incorporated into a family tradition of the best of both worlds.

This is well illustrated by a local favorite, Spam musubi. Musubi (moo'-soo-bee) is a Japanese food item made of steamed rice molded into a ball or rounded triangle. When a slice of Spam is incorporated, the rice ball takes the shape of a rectangular block with the slice of Spam on top or in the middle. Typically, a band of nori (seaweed) is wrapped around the outside yielding a deliciously nutritional snack of protein, carbohydrate, and vegetable.

Local people who go to the Mainland often find themselves practicing the role of a hapa haole, that is, trying to be comfortable in two cultures. Although Hawaii is a part of the United States and is Westernized, the interwoven Hawaiian and Asian influences result in cultural differences between Hawaii and the continental United States that are often quite a shock. Frequent travel between the two can turn into a balancing act as the traveler makes the mental shift necessary to go from one culture to the other.

The concept of the hapa haole might also apply to the Christian trying to maintain a place in the spiritual culture of believers, while being set in the culture of nonbelievers. In John 17:15-20 (KJV) Jesus prayed to the Father:

“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.”

Thank You, Lord.





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