Kamaka Pili, talks story about his sexuality for the first time on camera saying, “the evolution of māhū has, at least in the viewer’s perspective, has evolved. Before, I think it’s either straight or gay, and you only have those two choices. But now, it’s not necessarily one or the other, but you’re really just standing and you’re finding a balance within yourself. So for me being bisexual, trying to figure out where I stand within this belief–to me, it’s just having a balance between those two. When you find the balance for yourself, that’s when I think you can be the most helpful to somebody else”.
Transgender and cultural teacher, Kumu Hina highlights the beauty of Hawaiian culture that embraces māhū as a key part of our community. Growing up and being bullied, they were brought up to believe māhū was a negative term, but after aligning more with their Kānaka (Native Hawaiian) side, they grew to realize māhū as a blessing.