My name is Megan Leilani, I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with my BA in Communications and a minor in Political Science. I enjoy taking photos and videos but I am also obsessed with coffee and exotic foods. I am willing to drive miles or stay up late just to find trendy coffee shops or the occasional spam fries. (Definitely an attribute I got from my dad!) My love of coffee has inspired me to try and open my own coffee shop or stand within the next five years.
My hubby, Austin, is from a small town in Texas. He joined the Army right after graduating high school and his first duty station is here, in Hawaii. Since joining the Army, he has had the opportunity to learn how to build his 2019 Mustang, Jess. (Got the name from one of our favorite shows "New Girl.") and our newest addition, The Black Widow/Natasha, a 1965 Mustang! Aside from the military, Austin would love to have his own business/performance shop for cars.
Our story together began on Halloween in 2017, I was dressed as a strawberry and he was dressed as a bunny! I never really believed in love at first sight, but by the end of our first date, I knew he was the one. In May 2019, we had our dream wedding, here, in Hawaii, on an exclusive beach with family and close friends! I'm sure you can guess the rest, "And they lived happily ever after..." Our happily ever after also includes our fur baby Koa, and our precious gift, Paxton Makana. We never expected to have or even live the life that we have now. We thought we'd be married for a few years before having kids. We thought we'd be living in Tennessee right now, but life is never what we expect! This website encompasses who we are as a family and how we survive each day.
Inspiration first struck at breakfast one morning. The coffee was brewing, the spam and eggs were grilling, we were discussing our plans, and business ideas with one another when Austin suggested we call our business/blog "The Happy Hapas." The term "hapa" is a common term that Hawaiians use to call people with mixed nationalities. Hawaii is known as a giant mixing pot, it is very common to meet people with mixed races now, so when someone is half/part Hawaiian and part Hispanic, or Japanese, or German, Etc., or just a mix in general, they often use the word "hapa."
Here in Hawaii, our family is considered "hapas." One thing that many people don't know is that Austin and I are both Filipino! (No one would ever guess that about Austin!) We are both mixed with so many different nationalities, backgrounds, and upbringings, but together, we are able to bring our passions and interests and come together as one. Since the beginning of our relationship, we have always done our very best to support one another individually, and now, we are learning to incorporate our passion and love of cars, coffee, Hawaii, Texas, travel, babies, and more!
We are so excited to start this new chapter of our lives together. We are even more thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with all of y'all. I hope that you find yourself at home here and join/subscribe to our Happy Hapa Ohana!
Photo Credit: Hannah Carnes