Undergraduate Program Requirements

Hawaiian Language Major

The Kawaihuelani BA in Hawaiian seeks to teach the Hawaiian language to our students as a means of communication that is appropriate for this place and time. We also seek to provide our students the ability and the opportunity to access the thoughts, ideas, and knowledge of our kūpuna, in the language of our kūpuna, through primary sources, both written and oral, while encouraging them to create new forms and ways of expressing the knowledge of the past, and their attempt to understand the way it impacts our present and future. The learning and speaking of this language is an opportunity that was denied to many of our parents and grandparents, a fact that only serves as further motivation to revive the voice of the kūpuna.

Many of our majors go on to graduate school and out into the community, as teachers in the public school system, especially in immersion education, and also as researchers.

We are proud to award the Bachelor of Arts degree upon the successful completion of 120 – 124 non-repeated credit hours, including all of the UH Mānoa undergraduate General Education Requirements and the following HAW program requirements:

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

GPA of 2.0 in all UH Mānoa registered credit hours

Pre-requisite:  HAW 101, 102, 201, 202 & LING 102

30 credit hours above HAW 202 with a GPA of 3.0 or better, including:

  • Required courses: HAW 301, 302, 401, 402, and 452.
  • Electives: HAW 321, 331, 332, 345, 373, 383, 384, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 433 435B, 435C, 445, 454, 462B, 462C, 462D, 463, 466, 470, 483, 484, 485, 486, 488, 490, and 499.
  • A maximum of 3 credit hours from: HAW 284, MAO 102, SAM 102, TAHT 103, 104, MUS 312, ES 360, MUS 412, MUS 413, SLS 430, LING 445.
  • A grade of  B- or better in 300-400 level HAW courses counted towards the major.

Students must earn a grade of C (not C-) or better for all Hawaiian Language courses that serve as prerequisites for other Hawaiian Language courses. Students who do not meet this requirement will not be permitted to register for the next level of Hawaiian Language.

Beginning in Fall 2013 for Hawaiian Language majors, a grade of B- or better is required for all 300-400 level HAW courses counted towards the Hawaiian Language major.  As a Hawaiian Language major, a cumulative 3.0 GPA must be earned for all HAW major courses above HAW 202.

Written declaration of the Hawaiian Language major is necessary prior to enrollment in any of its upper level (300-400) required courses.  In general, the declaration is made after students have earned 25 credits of university course work, with an overall 2.0 GPA or better.

Students admitted to the BA program prior to 2007 should consult an advisor to review changes that may affect their programs.

BA Student Learning Outcomes

The Kawaihuelani Faculty has determined the that following Student Learning Outcomes should define as well as evaluate our students’ learning experiences.  We evaluate them on two levels of outcomes:

Upon completion of two years of Hawaiian Language course work (i.e., HAW 101-202), our students should be able to:

Targeted skill

Student Learning Objective

Speaking Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions on generally predictable topics related to daily activities and personal environment at an intermediate level of fluency and accuracy. Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners at an intermediate level of fluency and accuracy.
Listening Understand and interpret spoken Hawaiian at an intermediate level on familiar topics and everyday experiences strongly supported by situational context.
Reading Comprehend and interpret a variety of simple texts written in Hawaiian of several paragraphs in length on familiar topics dealing with basic personal and social needs about which the reader has personal interest and/or knowledge.
Writing Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of readers in a variety of simple written forms about familiar topics grounded in personal experience/interests and practical/social need using intermediate vocabulary, expressions, and structures to meet various practical writing needs.
Cultures, Comparisons, Connections & Communities Gain understanding of and respect for the Hawaiian culture and its people through the study of unique practices, perspectives, issues, and products of the culture that are expressed through and embedded in the Hawaiian language. Develop insight into the nature of language and culture by comparing Hawaiian language and culture to other languages and cultures. Apply knowledge of Hawaiian language and culture appropriately in authentic settings within and beyond the classroom in order to connect to other disciplines, contexts, and domains, access information, and interact with others in the Hawaiian language community.

Upon completion of Hawaiian Language course work necessary to graduate with a BA degree in Hawaiian, our students should be able to:

Targeted skill

Student Learning Objective

Speaking Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions on more abstract topics at an advanced level of fluency and accuracy. Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners at an advanced level of fluency and accuracy.
Listening Understand and interpret spoken Hawaiian at an advanced level on a variety of topics beyond the immediacy of the situation.
Reading Comprehend and interpret a wide variety of texts written in Hawaiian that are more conceptually abstract and linguistically complex, and/or texts that focus on unfamiliar topics and situations (e.g. primary source materials like literature, poetry, newspaper articles written by native speakers of Hawaiian).
Writing Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of readers in a variety of more lengthy written forms about a number of possible topics using advanced vocabulary, expressions, and structures.
Cultures, Comparisons, Connections & Communities Deepen understanding of and respect for the Hawaiian culture and its people through the study of unique practices, perspectives, issues, and products of the culture that are expressed through and embedded in the Hawaiian language. Continue to develop insight into the nature of language and culture by comparing Hawaiian language and culture to other languages and cultures. Expand and broaden appropriate application of Hawaiian language and culture in authentic settings within and beyond the classroom in order to connect to other disciplines, contexts, and domains, access information, and interact with others in the Hawaiian language community.

Hawaiian Language Minor

Our Hawaiian Language Minor degree requirments recognize successful completion of approved coursework, which reflects, at a minimum, 18 credits of non-introductory courses (beyond HAW 202) with a grade of B- or better. Our courses will constitute an academically defensible and focused aspect of advanced Hawaiian Language competency using the following outcomes criteria:

Upon completion of a BA in a minor in Hawaiian Language our students should be able to:

Targeted skill

Student Learning Objective

Speaking Initiate, sustain, and close a conversation using various communication strategies.
Listening Understand abstract content of paragraph length descriptions/narrative on familiar
topics.
Reading Read texts written in the target language critically.
Writing Write narratives/descriptions or personal experiences, interests, and plans in several paragraphs.
Culture Demonstrate understanding of how culture is embedded in the use of target language.

 

Written declaration of the Hawaiian Language minor is necessary prior to enrollment in anyo f its required courses. In general, the declaration is made after students have earned 25 credits of university course work, with an overall 2.0 GPA or better.

Students must have completed all the prerequisite courses before declaring the minor (HAW 101, 102, 201, 202) with a grade of C (not C-) or better.

Students may waive some of the HAW prerequisites with a qualifying placement score on the Hawaiian Language Placement Exam.

Courses in the minor may not be double-counted (i.e., credit earned/granted for another minor, major, certificate or degree).

Students must apply for the Hawaiian Language Minor degree upon satisfactory completion of the minor requirements. Application and approval must be processed before graduation. The minor cannot be granted retroactively after the student has matriculated/graduated from the university.

 

Purpose of the Hawaiian Language Minor

The overall purpose of the Minor in Hawaiian Language is to provide an undergraduate learning opportunity tailored to classified (degree earning) students who are interested in Hawaiian Language as a second discipline of specialization that will complement their major studies, support their future work in and for the Hawaiian community, and/or empower their growth and development as Native Hawaiians.

Acceptance into the Hawaiian Language Minor follows:

Completion of 25 credits of university work with a 2.0 cumulative and major GPA

Admission to an appropriate academic major

Successful completion of HAW 101, 102, 201, and 202

 

Our Kawaihuelani Hawaiian Language Minor Requirements are:

  • 18 credit hours of non-introductory Hawaiian Language courses (beyond 202) including:
    • 12 credit hours in continuing language study (HAW 301, HAW 302, HAW 401, HAW 402)
    • 6 credit hours from HAW elective courses at the 300-400 level in various content areas
  • A 3.0 GPA in courses leading to the minor is required
  • A grade of B- or better is required for all Hawaiian Language courses counted towards the Hawaiian Language minor

 

Upon recommendation of the faculty of the Center for Hawaiian Language, UH Mānoa confers a minor degree in Hawaiian Language. Upon verification, the Registrar will be informed to record the completion of the Hawaiian Language minor as part of the student’s official university transcripts (Executive Policy E5.205 Academic Minors & Certificate Credentials, March 1996).