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.
In modern-day Hawaii, it is a commonly used slang word for transgender persons and incorrectly used to refer to homosexual people, namely feminine or flamboyant gay men.
References and sources
- Eisenman, Stephen F., (1999). Gauguin's Skirt. London: wikipedia:Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0500280386.
- Kumu Hina - A Place in the Middle - Website for award-winning 2015 PBS/Independent Lens documentary about Native Hawaiian māhū and honored kumu (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