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Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, “Moments and Epiphanies in the Life of a Māhū”

February 22, 2018

The Asian American Studies Department presents a talk by Hinaleimoana Kwai Kong Wong-Kalu, also known as Kumu Hina (hula teacher), an educator and native Hawaiian transgender activist. She is the subject of the documentary, “Kumu Hina: The True Meaning of Aloha” (2014, directed by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson) which won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary among many other film awards. In 2015, PBS Hawai’i released a shorter educational version of film intended for younger audiences and classrooms titled, “A Place in the Middle”. Kumu Hina is a native Hawaiian mahu, a person who embodies a third gender, and has both the male and the female spirit.

Wong-Kalu will be featured at two events:

Public Lecture

Introduction by Professor Randall Akee

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Location: Haines Hall A18

Community Talk

“Moments and Epiphanies in the Life of a Māhū”

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Powell Library East Rotunda

Light Reception to Follow


Co-sponsored by:

  • Office of Instructional Development
  • American Indian Studies Center
  • Center for the Study of Women
  • Institutes for American Cultures
  • Asian American Studies Center



February 22, 2018
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Department of Asian American Studies