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.
Side note: In Hawai‘i, being māhū is accepted. For those who do not accept māhū people, they are not Hawaiian.
References and sources
- Llosa, Mario Vargas. "The men-women of the Pacific". tate.org.uk. Tate Britain. Archived from the original on 6 March 2015.
- Eisenman pp. 104-15
- 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.
- "Kumu Hina" - Award-winning 2015 PBS/Independent Lens documentary about an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident māhū, or transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.
- Interview with Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) Mahu: Hinaleimoana Wong
- A book of interest is 'O Au No Keia: Voices from Hawai'i's Mahu and Transgender Communities, by Andrew Matzner (2001).
- Cocoa Chandelier 
- Like a Lady in Polynesia