The Great Reads authors for kids from Western Region I discuss their books and why they write for young people. Great Reads from Great Places is a project of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Each year, the 56 Affiliated Centers for the Book choose a book for kids and one for adults that represents their states' or territories' literary heritage. In this video, Kapaemahu authors Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson discuss their work.

First Impression: Kapaemahu

"When I was planning to write a “first impression” style article about an LGBTQ+ inclusive children’s book, my first instinct was to talk about what the book would have taught me when I was young. I did not expect to pick up a book that would teach me, a queer adult, about new aspects of queerness. That changed when I first opened Kapaemahu." - Ethan Seavey

Join us in the first floor reading room of Hawaii State Library for a book discussion with this year’s Great Reads from Great Places selectees, chosen by the Hawai‘i Center for the Book to represent Hawai‘i at the 2023 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. in August. This year’s selected titles are Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson and Island Wisdom by Kainoa Daines and Annie Daly. Authors Hina Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Kainoa Daines will be attending to discuss their titles. The featured books will be available for purchase at the event.

OUTtv hosts Christian & Kim attend Pride in Honolulu, Hawaii and interview Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu and Bishop Museum historian DeSoto Brown to learn about Māhū identity, the "I Am A Boy" buttons and The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu.


Aloha! In this History UnErased episode, you will hear the story of The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu, learn about their erasure in the age of American imperialism, as well as current efforts to restore the monument to the healer stones - and the story of the mahu - to their rightful place in Hawaiian history. This History UnErased podcast is funded by the New York City Council. It was developed by History UnErased and produced and edited by Dinah Mack; Kathleen Barker; and Deb Fowler. Tremendous thanks to Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson for their generous support of this podcast episode. Both Kapaemahu and Healer Stones of Kapaemahu are directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson, and Kanaka Pakipika.

The restored history of a Native Hawaiian monument elevates part of the rich, sacred story of māhū—those who are of dual male and female spirit–and whose powerful roles in Hawaiian culture are still present today.

The team behind the acclaimed animated short Kapaemahu is debuting a new film inspired by Hawaiian culture, titled Aikāne — an ancient term for intimate same-sex friends that has taken on new relevance with the worldwide resurgence of anti-LGBTQ hostility. The film will premiere at the Animayo and Seattle International Film Festivals in May, followed by a series of screenings during Pride Month in June.

While celebrating O'ahu native Sasha Colby - winner of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ - on House floor, Rep. Jill Tokuda alludes to the history of Kapaeumahu: “In ancient Hawaiian days, Mahu were considered extraordinary individuals of male and female spirit who brought their healing powers to O’ahu from Tahiti,” Tokuda said. “Today, trans people are among the most revered members in the Hawaiian community.” “Amidst ongoing attacks on our LGBTQ+ rights that particularly target trans people and drag queens, Sasha's win is not only well deserved, it gives us all hope,” she added.

Experiencing Honolulu Pride is sublime: the sweeping Pacific views and myriad food options at the Prince Waikiki Hotel, the comforting humid air, the perfectly temperate ocean water, and the welcoming faces at the Pride festival and local gay bar Bacchus Waikiki. But the pinnacle experience of the queer aloha spirit last October wasn’t found on the parade route, at after-parties, or even on Queen’s Beach. Instead it was found at the 134-year-old Bishop Museum, where I was lucky enough to catch the incredible exhibit, “The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu,” on its closing day, which coincided with Pride’s start.

New Cultural Exhibit at Hawaii Convention Center

If you missed Bishop Museum’s exhibit on the Healer Stones of Kapaemahu you can head to The Hawaii Convention Center to view replicas of The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu outside Theater 320. “This exhibit shines a light on the deep history of these stones and furthers the Center’s sense of place by showcasing this important Waikiki landmark, which is just minutes away,” said Dean Hamer, a film director and curator of The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu exhibit.