The meaning of Mahu

Prior to the arrival of American missionaries in the 1800s, Mahu persons, who embraced both masculine and feminine traits, were honored and respected as caretakers, healers and teachers of ancient traditions in Hawaiian culture. Learn about their proud history and resilience into the present day.

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The Kumu Hina Project (2015). The Meaning of Mahu [Video]. YouTube.

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