The following is a listing of Hawaiian Studies courses.
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HWST 107 Hawai’i: Center of the Pacific (3) An introduction to the unique aspects of the native point of view in Hawai’i and in the larger Pacific with regards to origins, language, religion, land, art, history, and modern issues. DH
HWST 207 Hawaiian Perspectives in Ahupua’a (3) Examination of the ahupua’a system: its mythologies, place names, history, poetry and early documents of the Hawaiian nation, as it was conceptualized by the ancient Hawaiians and exploration of its relevance in modern society. A-F only. Pre: 107.
HWST 220 Introduction to Hawaiian Visual Culture Studio (3) Introduction to a variety of material (fiber, bone, wood, and stone) and skills in the media used in the Hawaiian culture. Research and explore basic techniques within the media with emphasis on cultivation, preparation, uses, and conservation. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: 107(C) or consent.
HWST 222 Introduction to Hawaiian Fiber Arts Studio-Hana No’eau Ma’awe (4) (2 cr. Lec, 2 cr. Lab) Introduction to a variety of fibers used in the Hawaiian culture. Emphasis on cultivation, preparation, uses and conservation of the fibers. Areas explored are kapa, plaiting, netting and twining. A-F only. Pre: 107 or 107C, or consent. (Once a year)
HWST 224 Introduction to Hawaiian Painting and Drawing Studio (3) Research and express personal relationship to specific Hawaiian paradigms through Hawaiian visual culture. Introduction to painting and drawing media and exploration of various materials and techniques as applied to individual student styles. A-F only. Pre: 107 or 107C, or consent. (Once a year) DA
HWST 225 Introduction to Hawaiian Printmaking Studio (4 ) (2 cr. Lec, 2 cr. Lab) Introduction to Native Hawaiian perspective and world view in images used in print and the basic material, technical, and conceptual aspects of hand printed imagery through the indigenous eyes. A-F only. Pre: 107 or 107C, or consent. (Once a year)
HWST 234 Introduction to the Literature of Native Hawaiians and Other Indigenous People Written in English (3) Surveys literature of Native Hawaiians and other Indigenous Peoples, especially to focus on the situational impetus from which these texts were created. Pre: 107. (Fall only)
HWST 270 Hawaiian Mythology (3) Survey of gods, ‘aumakua, kupua, mythical heroes, heroines, and their kinolau as the basis of traditional Hawaiian metaphor. Pre: 107 or HAW 102. DL
HWST 271 Papahulilani Hawaiian Astronomy I (3) Introduction to Hawaiian ancestral understandings of the movements of the sun, moon and stars, and their use in ordering the Hawaiian year in planting, fishing, and ceremony. Repeatable one time. Pre: (107 and 270) with a minimum grade of B.
HWST 281 Ho’okele I: Hawaiian Astronomy (3) Introduction to Hawaiian views of astronomy and the stars used by Polynesian Voyaging Society navigators. Introduction and comparison to various Pacific island non-instrument navigation systems and star names. Restricted to majors.
HWST 281L Ho’okele I Laboratory (1) (1 3-hr Lab) Stargazing laboratory to accompany 281. Pre: 281 (or concurrent).
HWST 282 Ho’okele II: Hawaiian Navigation (3) Hawaiian and other Oceanic canoe design, navigation, Pacific weather, sailing dynamics for canoes, and sail planning strategies used by Polynesian Voyaging Society navigators for long voyages.
HWST 282L Ho’okele II Laboratory (1) (1 3-hr Lab) Hands on experience on voyaging skills and sailing canoes to accompany 282. Pre: 282 (or concurrent).
HWST 285 La’au Lapa’au: Hawaiian Medicinal Herbs (4) Presentation of Hawaiian medicinal herbs including basic philosophy, identification, utilization, and preparation of such herbs for human ailments. Pre: 107 or consent.
HWST 301 Perspectives in Hawaiian Studies (3) Interdisciplinary lectures and discussions examining traditional and contemporary experiences in Hawaiian society and setting; resources, methods, and techniques. Repeatable one time. Pre: HAW 202 or consent. DH
HWST 307 Malama ‘Âina Resource Management Visual Technologies (3) Requires a broad set of knowledge systems. Will introduce students to a variety of visual technologies for use in resource management and the ethical application of these technologies. Pre: 107 and 207, or consent.
HWST 320 Advanced Art Media (3) Examine and explore advance techniques within the media and the customary and contemporary uses of a variety of material and skills used in traditional Hawaiian everyday life. Repeatable six times. A-F only. Pre: 107C or 220, or consent. (Once a year)
HWST 322 Advanced Hawaiian Fiber Arts Studio- Hana No’eau Ma’awe (3) Examine the customary and contemporary use of fiber materials and the skills used in Hawaiian culture. Research and explore advanced techniques within the media used in traditional Hawai’i. A-F only. Repeatable one time. Pre: 107 or 107C, 222; or consent. (Once a year)
HWST 324 Advanced Hawaiian Painting and Drawing Studio (3) Advanced research and expression of personal relationship to specific Hawaiian paradigms through visual culture and language. Students will further their definitions, analysis skills, research, and understandings through painting and drawing media. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: 107 or 107C, 224; or consent. (Once a year)
HWST 325 Advanced Hawaiian Printmaking Studio (3) Advanced Native Hawaiian perspective in imagery in print and the material, technical, and conceptual aspects of hand printed imagery. Lecture-lab with studio work time. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: 107 or 107C, 225; or consent. (Once a year)
HWST 327 Mele Hula o Pelehonuamea (3) Performance based course exploring Kanaka Maoli identity and world view through ancestral knowledge as presented in the Pele and Hi’iaka epic and preserved in the hula tradition. Pre: 107, 270, HAW 102 or consent. (Fall only)
HWST 330 Native Hawaiian Traditions in Literature (3) Discusses theoretical frameworks, main features, and cultural contexts of Hawaiian literature. Pre: 107, 270, and HAW 202; or consent.
HWST 340 Native Hawaiian Traditions in Literature (3) Discusses theoretical frameworks, main features, and cultural contexts of Hawaiian literature. Pre: 107, 270, and HAW 202; or consent.
HWST 341 Hawaiian Genealogies (3) Survey of major Hawaiian chiefly lineages from the four main islands: Hawai’i, Maui, O’ahu and Kaua’i. Political history from the Kumulipo to Western contact. Pre: HAW 202.
HWST 342 Chiefs of Post-Contact Hawai’i (3) Survey of Hawaiian chiefs from 1778 to the present, including genealogy, political function, and historical impact. Pre: 107, 341, or HAW 201.
HWST 343 Myths of Hawaiian History (3) Thematic exploration of some common myths of Hawaiian history, including infanticide, slavery, feudalism, constant warfare, human sacrifice, and a limited pre-contact population, to determine the role of myth making in perceptions of Hawaiian history. Pre: junior standing or consent. DL
HWST 351 Mahi’ai Kalo I: Taro Cultivation (3) Historical, cultural and philosophical foundations of the cultivation and uses of taro. A-F only. Pre: 107. (Fall only)
HWST 352 Mahi’ai Kalo II: Advanced Taro (3) In depth-study of taro cultivation techniques and systems. A-F only. Pre: 351.
HWST 353 Malama Loko I’a (4) Study of traditional Hawaiian fishpond management with hands-on experience at He’eia fishpond near Kane’ohe, merging traditional Native knowledge and ways of seeing with Western science. A-F only. Pre: 107 or HAW 101 or BOT 105, or consent. (Once a year)
HWST 362 Pana O’ahu: Famous Place Names (3) A survey of the famous place names in each ahupua’a of O’ahu, including accounts of mythical heroes, heiau, fishponds, wind, rain names, and their metaphoric value in Hawaiian literature. Pre: 107, 270, or GEOG 101; and HAW 202.
HWST 365 Pana Paemoku o Kanaloa: The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (3) Will look at the use of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands during pre-contact times, the historical period of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, after the islands were ceded to the U.S., and the contemporary politics that surround the region today. A-F only. Pre: 107 or consent.
HWST 372 Oli Makawalu: Makawalu Methodology in Hawaiian Protocol Chants (3) Introduces the use of Makawalu Methodology to analyze kaona in Hawaiian protocol chants, which influences the oral production of such chants. A-F only. Pre: 270 (or concurrent) and HAW 201 (or concurrent), or consent.
HWST 385 La’au Lapa’au II: Advanced Medicinal Herbs (4) (3 Lec, 1 Lab) Advanced study and preparation of Hawaiian medicinal herb combinations. Pre: 107 and 285; or consent.
HWST 390 Issues in Modern Hawai’i (3) Cultural and political aspects of the current Hawaiian movement; historical colonization; conflicts over tourism, the military, and agriculture; forms of native self-determination. Pre: junior standing or consent. DH
HWST 396 Native Hawaiian Rights and Practices (3) Students will strengthen their cultural, political, and legal foundations by: (1) reviewing Hawai’i’s historical traditions and customs, (2) learning legal analysis techniques, and (3) applying those techniques to issues that govern native Hawaiian “rights” today. Sophomore or higher standing. Pre: 107, 270, and 341 (or concurrent) and HAW 102. (Fall only) DH
HWST 421 Visiting Artist Seminar (3) Explore indigenous concepts through the media of a visiting indigenous master artist by looking at traditional media in indigenous cultures, and the possibilities for contemporary expression in other media. Repeatable two times. HWST majors only. A-F only. Pre: 107/107C, one course in 220 level (222, 224, 225), one course in 320 level (322, 324, 325); or consent. (Once a year)
HWST 440 Mahele Land Awards (3) Practical guide to the researching of land awards and change in title for a single ahupua’a, 1848 to present. Focus on field trips. Pre: 342.
HWST 441 Ceded Lands: Focus on Crown and Government Lands (1848 to Present) (3) Inventorying “Ceded Lands” in Hawai’i with emphasis on historical, legal, and cultural changes from the Kingdom through statehood. A-F only. Pre: 440 or consent.
HWST 442 Introduction to Indigenous Research Methods (3) Survey course introduces students to a range of methods by beginning with a critical analysis of dominant research methodologies from the perspective of Indigenous scholars. HWST majors only. Junior/senior standing only. Pre: 270; and 341 or 342 or 343; or consent. (Fall only)
HWST 445 Hawaiian Institutions (3) Comprehensive analysis of institutions like Bishop Estate/Kamehameha Schools, OHA, Lili’uokalani Trust, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and The Queen’s Hospital. Pre: 342.
HWST 457 ‘Âina Mauliola: Hawaiian Ecosystems (3) Comprehensive analysis of traditional Hawaiian and modern resource management practices. Rigorous overview of the dominant physical and biological processes from the uplands to the oceans in Hawai’i. Pre: 107, BOT 105, and junior standing; or consent. (Cross-listed as BOT 457)
HWST 458 Natural Resource Issues and Ethics (4) Overview of the history of land, resources and power in Hawai’i; players and processes influencing land and natural resources policies today explored from Native Hawaiian and other viewpoints. Extensive use of case studies. Pre: 457 or BOT 457. (Cross-listed as BOT 458)
HWST 459 Strategies in Hawaiian Resource Use (3) Analyzing diverse land and water use strategies of O’ahu, from traditional Hawaiian, scientific and economic perspectives, through classroom and on-site lectures. Topics include traditional Hawaiian methods, modern development, threatened ecosystems, ecotourism and scientific research. A-F only. Pre: 457 or BOT 457 (or concurrent), or consent. (Cross-listed as BOT 459)
HWST 460 Hui Konohiki Practicum (3) A “hands-on” internship in an environmental or resource-management organization in Hawai’i. The experience will be broadened and supplemented by classroom lectures, discussion and analysis from traditional Hawaiian, scientific and economic perspectives. A-F only. Pre: 457 or BOT 457, 458 or BOT 458 (or co-requisite), 459 or BOT 459; or consent. (Spring only) (Cross-listed as BOT 460)
HWST 461 Indigenous Economies (3) Students will map out indigenous economies by articulating cultural similarity and diversity between academic experience and professional experiences. A-F only. Pre: 107 or consent.
HWST 467 Malama ‘Aina Field Methods Course (6) Intensive field methods program to research Mâlama ‘Âina strategies. Introduces students to a variety of field techniques in doing land research and integrating it with historical documents. Travel cost covered by student. Junior standing or higher. Pre: 307 and 457 or consent. (Summer only)
HWST 470 ‘Ike Akua Papakû Makawalu: Ancestral Understanding of Elements (3) Uses Dr. Pualani Kanahele’s Papakû Makawalu methodology to analyze akua as elements and as a paradigm for understanding ancestral knowledge. Senior standing or higher. Pre: 270, 372 (or concurrent), and HAW 301 (or concurrent).
HWST 478 Mele Au Hou: Music and Native Identity (3) Presents Hawaiian music as it has been an avenue for native social, cultural and political expression in traditional and contemporary society. A-F only. Pre: 107 or 343 or 390; or consent.
HWST 485 Mahi La’au Lapa’au: Hawaiian Medicinal Horticulture (4) The science of planting and harvesting Hawaiian medicinal plants and exploring production and marketing strategies. Pre: 107, 285 and 385; or consent.
HWST 487 Hawaiian Aquatic Medicine (4) Identification, extraction and preparation of complexes of aquatic herbs to formulate a healing combination to contribute to maintaining overall health. A-F only. Pre: 107, 285; or consent. (Fall only)
HWST 490 Senior Seminar in Hawaiian Studies (3) Critical examination of existing research; individual or team development, execution, and evaluation of selected projects. Repeatable three times. Pre: senior major in Hawaiian studies or consent.
HWST 493 Hawaiian Political Speech: Ha’i ‘Olelo Ku’e (3) Senior seminar in short, extemporaneous speeches in persuasive, passionate and dynamic styles of Native Hawaiian orators. A-F only. Pre: 107, 270, 341, 342, or HAW 202; or consent. (Once a year)
HWST 494 Modern Pacific Women’s Poetry (3) Critical examination of modern indigenous women’s poetry from the Pacific Islands. Thematic concentration on land, family, sexual and national oppression. Pre: two ENG DL courses; second may be taken concurrently; or consent. (Cross-listed as ENG 479) DL
HWST 495 Kumu Kanawai: Western Law and Hawai’i (3) The rise of Western law in Hawai’i, its contribution to nation building and colonialism. Pre: 342 or 343 or 390; or consent. DH
HWST 496 Kanawai II: Practical Application of Rights (3) Historical analysis of land use, race and self-determination; introduced to legal case briefing, analysis of legal precedent, practical impacts of rules and regulations and the sociopolitical factors that influence law and law enforcement. A-F only. Pre: 390 or consent.
HWST 499 Directed Reading/Research (V) Individual reading/research. Pre: 301, two upper division Hawai’i-related courses, and consent.
HWST 601 Indigenous Research Methodologies (3) Reading seminar for developing a Native Hawaiian epistemology from sources in comparative indigenous thought. A-F only. Pre: 107, 270, 341 (or concurrent), 342 (or concurrent), and one of the following: 343 (or concurrent) or 390 (or concurrent) or 490 (or concurrent); or consent.
HWST 602 Hawaiian Archival Research (3) Research seminar aimed at familiarizing students with the rich historical primary sources existent in various archives in Honolulu. A-F only. Pre: 107, 270, 341 (or concurrent), 342 (or concurrent), and one of the following: 343 (or concurrent) or 390 (or concurrent) or 490 (or concurrent); or consent.
HWST 603 Review of Hawaiian Literature (3) Seminar in review of Hawaiian literature to understand the significance of secondary sources in Hawaiian subjects. This makes up part of the Hawaiian Studies graduate core. A-F only. Pre: 107, 270, 341 (or concurrent), 342 (or concurrent), and one of the following: 343 (or concurrent) or 390 (or concurrent) or 490 (or concurrent); or consent.
HWST 604 Writing a Hawaiian Thesis (3) Seminar to help fashion student’s research and thesis proposal. To be taken by all HWST MA students as they begin designing their capstone project. Course will be team-taught by HWST faculty. Repeatable one time. A-F only.
HWST 620 ‘Ike Pono-Visual/Cultural Interpretations (3) Graduate seminar and visual studio that examines (from a Kanaka Maoli viewpoint) colonial imaging; collecting and site of contestation; resilience and resistance; and re-righting. A-F only. Pre: 107C, and one course from 220-225, and one course from 320-325; or consent. (Fall only)
HWST 621 ‘Ike Maka-Visual/Cultural Knowledge (3) Graduate seminar and visual studio that carefully examines and develops critical consciousness–from a Kanaka Maoli viewpoint–visual hegemony, rhetorical tropes; and representation–imag(in)ing and re-imag(in)-ing. HWST majors only. A-F only. Pre: 620 or consent. (Spring only)
HWST 640 Mo’olelo ‘Oiwi: Historical Perspectives (3) Research seminar for developing interpretations of the past from Native Hawaiian and foreign world views with particular emphasis on understanding the meaning of culturally-based knowledge systems. A-F only.
HWST 650 Hawaiian Geography and Resource Management (3) Seminar in geography of Hawai’i from a Native Hawaiian perspective that will enable the researcher to define and develop resource management methods consistent with Native Hawaiian understandings and traditions. A-F only. Pre: 107, 270, 341 (or concurrent), 342 (or concurrent), and one of the following: 343 (or concurrent) or 390 (or concurrent) or 490 (or concurrent). (Once a year)
HWST 670 Kumu Kahiki: Comparative Hawaiian and Tahitian Cosmogonies (3) Seminar comparing Gods/myths from Ancient Tahiti by Teiura Henry (600 pages) with the six volumes of Hawaiian historians Kamakau and Malo. A-F only. Pre: 341 or consent. (Alt. years)
HWST 671 Kumu Kahiki: Pacific Life Narratives in Mixed Media and Literature (3) Research seminar in relevant literary traditions, histories of interaction, colonization, and literary politics in the Pacific region through the examination of life narratives in mixed media and literature. A-F only. HWST majors only. Pre: 603 (or concurrent) or consent. (Once a year)
HWST 675 Huaka’i Huli Heiau Hawai’inuiakea: Study Abroad on Polynesian Temples (6) Comparative study of Hawaiian/Polynesian temple design taught over a 3-week period in Hawai’i and Polynesia. Travel costs to be paid by student. Pre: 670 (with a minimum grade of B) and HAW 302 (with a minimum grade of B) or consent. (Summer only)
HWST 690 Kûkulu Aupuni: Envisioning the Nation (3) A research seminar designed to provide an overview of community activism and Native Hawaiian empowerment in Hawai’i in contexts that range from local to international, and to provide a foundation for further study and professional growth. A-F only. Pre: 107, 270, 341 (or concurrent), 342 (or concurrent), and one of the following: 343 (or concurrent) or 390 (or concurrent) or 490 (or concurrent); or consent.
HWST 691 Kûkulu Aupuni: Sovereign Hawaiian State, Domestic Kingdom Law, Governance and Politics (3) Research seminar on the subject of domestic law, governance, and politics of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the historical relevance of this to the contemporary case for independent, sovereign state continuity under public international law. A-F only. (Alt. years)
HWST 695 Practicum Research Plan B (V) Practicum for Plan B. Repeatable unlimited times. CR/NC only. Pre: consent.
HWST 699 Directed Reading and Research (V) Repeatable unlimited times. A-F only. Pre: consent.
HWST 700 Thesis Research (V) Research for master’s thesis. (F) Full-time. S/U for (F) only. Repeatable up to six credits; Repeatable unlimited times for (F). Pre: 700 for (F).