Mahu (person)


Mahu (person)
Contes barbares by Paul Gauguin

Māhū in traditional Hawaiian or Kanaka Maoli culture are third gender persons with traditional roles within Kanaka Maoli society, similar to Tongan fakaleiti and Samoan fa'afafine.

In modern day Hawaiʻi it is a commonly used slang word for transvestite and transgender persons.

Aikane is a traditional Kanaka Maoli term for a kane (man) who is the male lover of another kane or man.

External links

Interview with Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) Mahu: Hinaleimoana Wong *[1]

A book of interest is 'O Au No Keia: Voices from Hawai'i's Mahu and Transgender Communities, by Andrew Matzner (2001).


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