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For the ancient Egyptian noble, see Mahu (noble). For the Dahomey goddess, see Mawu.

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 and analogous to the Neapolitan femminiello.

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

Aikāne is a traditional Kanaka Maoli term for a kane (man) who is the male lover of another kane or man.[1]


  1. ^ Morris, Robert J. (1990). "Aikāne: Accounts Hawaiian Same-Sex Relationships in the Journals of Captain Cook’s Third Voyage (1776-80)". Journal of Homosexuality 19 (4): 21–54. doi:10.1300/j082v19n04_03. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 

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