About

Welcome to Hapanese Cuisine! I’m Kayla—a newlywed and a recent transplant to Nampa, Idaho from Denver, Colorado.

Growing up, I was heavily influenced by my mom’s Japanese heritage and Hawaiian upbringing, as well as my dad’s Southern roots (yes, I will openly admit that I’m a walking dichotomy!). That multicultural influence comes through in everything I love to cook, and it’s given me a taste for flavors from all over the world.

I’ve been blessed with so many global influences in my life, and I can’t wait to celebrate them in the recipes I share with you!

What Does “Hapanese” Even Mean?

“Hapanese” is a classic example of Hawaiian slang meaning “half-Japanese.” You have “hapa,” meaning “half,” which is a common term for anyone of mixed heritage, then you add on “-nese” from “Japanese.” Put it together, and voila!

Picture Credit: Melanie Campbell Photography


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