#TBT: Iconic Moments in Beauty History 🌟 A GEENIE series giving flowers to the women and femmes whose beauty and talent sparkled and reigned supreme over time. This month, we're centering API folx from around the globe, in recognition of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Month. Today we're honoring renowned Hawaiian scholar, activist, practitioner, and performer - Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole 🙌🏾
The Moment: We're going back 12 years to 2009, landing in the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i - Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole is interviewed for Hawaii RED Magazine. Hawaiian historical and cultural beliefs, generational traditions, and the land impact and play a role in Kaumakaiwa's journey through music. We're captivated by the beauty of the land as captured through Kaumakaiwa's voice, passion and artistry.
In another interview, Kaumakaiwa is a voice for gender expansiveness within the Hawaiian community, going beyond māhū wahine (Polynesian, Hawaiian woman) - “Māhū is the expression of the third self. It is not a gender, it’s not an orientation, it’s not a sect, it’s not a particular demographic and it’s definitely not a race. It is simply an expression of the third person as it involves the individual. When you find that place in yourself to acknowledge both male and female aspects within and accept the capacity to embrace both, … that is where the māhū exists and true liberation happens... I want the concept of māhū to take itself out of the sexual context, exclusive of gender. Gender not as it applies to female and male as biological, but a natural, spiritual definition of gender."
We STAN. Let's give Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole her 💐s below!
*VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM* to learn more about Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole's inspirations behind her music 🎥 via hawaiiredmagazine (YouTube).
📰 Quote Soruce: Portraits of Gender and Sexual Identities in the Hawaiian Community, Jada Snow - @honolulumag (May 2019)