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Māhū in Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) and Maohi (Tahitian) cultures are third gender persons with traditional roles within society, similar to Tongan fakaleiti and Samoan fa'afafine, and analogous to the Neapolitan femminiello.[1][2]

Notable māhū include kumu hula Hinaleimoana Kwai Kong Wong-Kalu and performer Cocoa Chandelier.

In contemporary Ōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) it is a commonly used term for transgender persons.

See also[]

  • Kumu Hina (2014) - a documentary film about Hinaleimoana Kwai Kong Wong-Kalu
  • Two-Spirit, a similar concept in some indigenous North American communities

References and sources[]

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  2. Eisenman pp. 104-15

Further reading[]

Matzner, Andrew (2001). O Au No Keia: Voices from Hawai'i's Mahu and Transgender Communities

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