Mistreatment of mahu a hundred years ago, 1920.

This is a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Florincio Loriozo, Filipinos who were recently married; but Mrs. Loirozo who was believed to be a woman is a man, but who has being wearing women’s clothing and other women’s accessories for a number of years.

In the history of marriages seen here in Hawaii, there is none like the story of a Filipino couple who were arrested by the police on the morning of this past Tuesday, that being the marriage of Florincio Lorioza, a Filipino, to Benito Ocho, a Filipino man, a short time ago.

The truth, as it is told, Benito Ocho is a true mahu, and for many years, that Filipino was mistaken for a women, because she wore women’s clothing, along with rings on her fingers, and earrings on her ears, and the thing that mostly caused the mistake was the length of her hair, which was made long just like a woman.

Just this past 8th was the marriage of these Filipinos, by the Rev. John Matthews, and they reside in a house in Aiea, and because of a report received by the police in Ewa that the marriage of these Filipinos was not right, the Deputy Sheriff John Fernandez showed up and the house where they lived and arrested them after investigating the truth, and found that they were both men.

In the beginning, the investigators believed that Benito Ocho had a wig, but when the women’s comb was removed, along with hair pins, lo and behold, it was not a wig, but it was real hair that was grown long for some years, and who would not mistaken that Filipino for a woman?

There was no actual suit brought against these Filipinos for them marrying each other, man with a man, but Investigator McDuffie wants to put effort into finding a way to return those Filipinos to their land, and not to live here in Hawaii again.

After the true nature of this mahu Filipino is seen, her hair will be cut off, and she will be made to wear men’s clothing, also her women’s ornaments which she always paraded around with in the past.

(Kuokoa, 7/30/1920, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVIII, Helu 31, Aoao 1. Iulai 30, 1920.


3 thoughts on “Mistreatment of mahu a hundred years ago, 1920.

  1. It was interesting seeing an article written 100 years ago reference “mahu”. I was unaware of this gender until a few years ago and it’s re-affirming that the newspaper references mahu as if everyone knows what it is. I was never told about this growing up. It’s something I learned in Olelo Hawaii classes. And it’s great that pronouns in Olelo Hawaii are gender neutral. Thanks!


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