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Honoring the mahu: Hawaiians celebrate gender-fluid healers

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Honolulu

Greater than 500 years in the past, Hawaiians positioned 4 boulders on a Waikiki seashore to honor guests from the courtroom of Tahiti’s king who had healed the sick. They had been “mahu,” which in Hawaiian language and tradition refers to somebody with twin female and male spirit and a combination of gender traits.

The stones had been uncared for for a few years, as Christian missionaries and different colonizing Westerners suppressed the position of mahu in Hawaiian society. At one level a bowling alley was constructed over the boulders.

Officers restored the stones a number of instances because the Nineteen Sixties however informational plaques put in subsequent to them omitted references to mahu.