Master’s Degree in Hawaiian

The MA is intended for students who have a broad background in Hawaiian language and culture, but want more depth in their knowledge. The three areas of the curriculum that are now available are:

  • Mo‘olelo: The Mo‘olelo curricula focuses on Hawaiian history and literature through the analysis, critique, creation and presentation of Hawaiian language resources.
  • Kumu Kula Kaiapuni: The Kumu Kaiapuni curricula focuses on the educational, linguistic, and cultural tools that teachers need to perform better in Hawaiian medium schools. Students producing curriculum and developing their own teaching skills will also be able to work closely with the Mary Kawena Pukui Hale.
  • Kālai‘ōlelo: The Kālai‘ōlelo curricula focuses on the linguistic analysis of Hawaiian.

Kawaihuelani conducts research in relevant fields of study and offers four years of language study as well as courses on immersion education, curriculum development, and topics of relevant Hawaiian cultural content. The faculty and staff of the Center create and implement projects and programs that promote Hawaiian language, culture, history, and traditions such as:

  • Ka Hālau Hanakeaka
  • Ho‘okulāiwi ‘Aha Ho‘ona‘auao ‘Ōiwi (Institute for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education)
  • Ho‘olaupa‘i: Hawaiian Newspaper Resources
  • Kauakūkalahale
  • Kaulakahi Aloha
  • Ke Aolama
  • Ku‘i ka Lono
  • Mary Kawena Pukui Hale: Center for the Survival and Promotion of Hawaiian
  • Ka Waihona a ke Aloha
  • Mauiakama

Program Requirements (effective Fall 2015)*

Required: 33 credits, GPA 3.0 or better, with B- or better in all applicable courses. At least 24 credits at the 600 level or higher, may include up to 9 credits not taught in Hawaiian but related to one’s research with approval. To view the Kawaihuelani Catalog section click here or for course descriptions click here.

Nā Koina (18 credits)

  • HAW 601 Kākau Mo‘olelo (3 credits)
  • HAW 602 Kākā‘ōlelo Oratory (3 credits)
  • HAW 604 Haku Palapala Noi Laeo‘o/Writing a Hawaiian Master’s Proposal (3 credits)
  • One of the following:
    • HAW 605 Ka Hana Noi‘i (3 credits)
    • HAW 612 Nā Mana‘o Politika Hawai‘i (3 credits)
  • HAW 615 Kuana‘ike (3 credits)
  • HAW 652 Pilina ‘Ōlelo (3 credits)

Nā Koho (9 credits)

  • HAW 625 Mo‘olelo Hawai‘i (3 credits)
  • HAW 638(Alpha) Nā Mea Kakau/Nā Haku Mo‘olelo (3 credits)
  • HAW 653 Ke A‘o ‘Ōlelo Hou ‘Ana (Teaching Hawaiian as a Second Language) (3 credits)
  • HAW 654 ‘Ōlelo Ni‘ihau (3 credits)
  • HAW 684 Noi‘i Mele (3 credits)
  • HAW 699 Directed Research (3 credits)

Plan A Thesis/Plan B non-Thesis (6 credits)

  • HAW 700 Noi‘i Pepa Laeo‘o (Plan A) (3 credits)
  • HAW 695 Papahana Pepa Laeo‘o (Plan B) (3 credits)

*Students who entered the program prior to Fall 2015 should consult the graduate chair for appropriate program requirements.

Master’s Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Hawaiian language master’s program students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of traditional literary texts.
  • Demonstrate understanding and interpretation of various levels of spoken Hawaiian including but not limited to native speaker dialog.
  • Offer a quality public presentation in Hawaiian.
    • Quality defined as proper use of the Hawaiian language and demonstration of Hawaiian concepts.
  • Demonstrate competence in formal writing skills that have practical/contemporary application.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply cultural norms in a range of communicative events.
  • Construct a culturally sensitive research project that utilizes/analyzes relevant existing resources and contributes to the overall Hawaiian knowledge base.

Dual Master’s Degree Program

Students may pursue a Master’s in Hawaiian and a second master’s concurrently in Library and Information Science. Students enrolled in either program may apply for admission in the other degree program. The dual master’s option allows sharing of many elective courses. For more information, contact the HAW graduate chair or a LIS advisor.