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

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 kāne (man) who is the male lover of another kāne or man.[3]

Side note: In Hawai‘i, being māhū is accepted. For those who do not accept māhū people, they are not Hawaiian.

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Llosa, Mario Vargas. "The men-women of the Pacific". tate.org.uk. Tate Britain. Archived from the original on 6 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Eisenman pp. 104-15
  3. ^ 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. 

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