in 2018, the hawaii state department of health (doh) made waves when it released the first-of-its-kind report on the health of local transgender teens. Titled hawaii sexual and gender minority health report 2018 a focus on transgender youth, it details both troubling statistics facing this community, as well as transgender voices that offer perspectives of hope. This restrictive and defining construct makes it difficult for our society to understand people like bruce jenner, who recently came out as transgender, because they dont always fit neatly into a box. While some transgender people move from one end of the gender spectrum to the other when they transition, other transgender people exist somewhere in between, embracing both genders, neither. In 2003, the term mahuwahine was coined within hawaiis queer community mh (in the middle) wahine (woman), the structure of the word is similar to samoan faa (the way of) fafine (womanwife). we asked these transgender hawaii residents to show us their workplaces, and tell us about how their transitions have affected their lives and. hina wong-kalu, a transgender educator and activist from hawaii, explained how in native polynesian cultures fluid gender and sexuality was and is celebrated as. Name changes in the state of hawaii are administered by the lieutenant governor. Applications may be completed and tracked using the state of hawaii online name change system. The online system generates a name change petition that the applicant must get notarized and send to the office of the lt. the transgender law center ranks hawaii as medium for its laws promoting lgbt equality. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) persons in the u. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1973 hawaii being one of the first six states to legalize it. In 1993, a ruling by the hawaiian supreme court made hawaii the first state to consider legalizing same-sex marriage. Candis cayne has become one of the united states most popular and sought-after transgender actresses. Candis first made a name for herself at the famed nyc gay hot-spot boy bar, where her performances drew raves. Word originating in ancient hawaii and around polynesia for a third-gendered person, that is, not male nor female, but both or neither. In pre-contact hawaii (before white explorers and missionaries brought their homophobia with them), mahus were considered special and assumed respected and traditional roles within the communities.