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Māhū ('in the middle') in Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) culture are third gender persons with traditional spiritual and social roles within the culture.
THE 2014 DOCUMENTARY film Kumu Hina follows the life of Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu—called simply “Hina”—a modern Hawaiian Māhū and a proud transgender woman. Through the lens of Hina’s life we catch a glimpse of the revered and sacred role of Māhūs in Hawaiian culture. The film encourages us to question the way in which gender is constructed and played out in our own cultural traditions, and how this Hawaiian construct challenges modern understandings of gender. Hina is portrayed as a strong and capable person, who has a full and culturally relevant understanding of self and gender. While she talks of discrimination and the challenges of her life as a Māhū, the audience is not encouraged to pity her or to see Hina as a victim, but rather as a strong survivor and a positive example to others.
In pre-Christian Hawaii, Māhū was a category of revered and admired individuals. Māhūs were regarded as the keepers of certain customs, and they played a vital role in passing on their wisdom to the next generations through traditional practices, such as hula and chant. They were what we would term transgender, people whose gender role as socially prescribed was different from their genetically determined sex. They were seen as balanced beings who expressed their masculinity and femininity with ease and freedom. In Hawaiian mythology, the power of people who encompassed both genders can be seen in the legend of Laka, the god/dess of hula, who is believed to be a deity of mixed gender.
Alongside the story of Hina in the film is the story of a young Māhū named Ho’onani who describes herself as “in the middle.” She, too, sees her own gender as being somewhere between male and female. The triumphant finale of the film has Ho’onani leading the male hula group with strength and passion. Hina comments that Ho’onani has great ku, male energy, and encourages her to embrace both energies that she possesses following the tradition of Māhūs in pre-Christian Hawaii. Article by By Eleisha Lauria