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.
Examination of the ahupua‘a system as it was conceptualized by the ancient Hawaiians, and exploration of its relevance in modern society; an introductory class to the mālama ‘āina track designed to build critical writing skills. A-F only. Pre: 107. (Cross-listed as SUST 217)
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 or consent.
(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 consent. (Once a year)
(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 consent. (Once a year)
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)
Focus on studying and Applying Native Hawaiian composition practices from the nineteenth century into the present day. Pre: 107 and HAW 100.
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.
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.
(1 3-hr Lab) Stargazing laboratory to accompany 281. Pre: 281 (or concurrent).
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.
(1 3-hr Lab) Hands on experience on voyaging skills and sailing canoes to accompany 282. Pre: 282 (or concurrent).
Presentation of Hawaiian medicinal herbs including basic philosophy, identification, utilization, and preparation of such herbs for human ailments. Pre: 107 or consent.
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. (Cross-listed as SUST 317)
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: 107 or 220, or consent. (Once a year)
(2 cr. Lec, 2 cr. Lab) 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 and 222, or consent. (Once a year)
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 and 224, or consent. (Once a year)
(2 cr. Lec, 2 cr. Lab) 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 and 225, or consent. (Once a year)
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)
Discusses theoretical frameworks, main features, and cultural contexts of Hawaiian literature. Pre: 107, 270, and HAW 202; or consent.
Focus on studying, analyzing, and creating various forms of Hawaiian and Indigenous digital storytelling. Pre: 107 and 234 and HAW 100.
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: 270 and HAW 202.
Survey of Hawaiian chiefs from 1778 to the present, including genealogy, political function, and historical impact. Pre: 107, 341, or HAW 201.
Historical, cultural and philosophical foundations of the cultivation and uses of taro. A-F only. Pre: 107 and 207/SUST 217. (Once a year)
In depth-study of taro cultivation techniques and systems. A-F only. Pre: 351.
Study of traditional Hawaiian fishpond management with hands-on experience at He‘eia fishpond near Kāne‘ohe, merging traditional Native knowledge and ways of seeing with Western science. A-F only. Pre: 107 and 207/SUST 217. (Once a year)
Undergraduate course exposing students to the resources and processes of the ocean, research, and management approaches, as well as a Hawaiian worldview of oceanic elements. Junior standing or higher. Pre: 107. (Cross-listed as SUST 356)
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: 270, 341, and HAW 202
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.
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.
(3 Lec, 1 Lab) Advanced study and preparation of Hawaiian medicinal herb combinations. Pre: 107 and 285; or consent.
(2 cr. Lec, 2 cr. Lab) 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 one time. HWST majors only. A-F only. Pre: 107, one course in 220 level (222, 224, 225), one course in 320 level (322, 324, 325); or consent. (Once a year)
Advanced course of study focusing on pressing topics connected with Hawaiian and Indigenous literatures, such as land struggle, climate change, or issues of governance and sovereignty. Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: 234 or 235, and 330.
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.
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.
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. Junior/senior standing only.
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.
A Mālama ‘Āina and Kukulu ‘Aupuni course that identifies modern options in land access for reestablishing or resuming Hawaiian traditional and customary practices relating to food sovereignty and self-sustainability. HWST majors only. Junior standing or higher. A-F only. Pre: 207/SUST 217 and 343 and 351; HAW 202 (or concurrent). (Alt. years)
Focus on Hawaiian relationships with Ka Wai Ola a Kane (water), traditional and contemporary water management practices, as well as contemporary resource management issues and native Hawaiian community advocacy for water. Pre: 307 and HAW 202 (or concurrent) or consent.
Students will actively monitor and practice coastal and ocean stewardship in support of local communities and practitioners while also exploring how the Hawaiian worldview can plan a role in aloha ‘âina conservation movements. Repeatable one time. Junior standing or higher. A-F only. Pre: 207/SUST 217 or 307/SUST 317 or HWST/SUST 356. (Spring only)
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: 207/SUST 217 or 307/SUST 317 or HWST/SUST 356. (Cross-listed as SUST 457)
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: 207/SUST 217 or 307/SUST 317 or HWST/SUST 356 (Cross-listed as NREM 458 and SUST 456)
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: 207/SUST 217 or 307/ SUST 317 or HWST/SUST 356. (Cross-listed as SUST 459)
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: 207/SUST 217 or 307/SUST 317 or HWST/SUST 356. (Spring only) (Cross-listed as SUST 460)
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.
Intensive field methods program to research Mālama ‘Āina strategies. Introduces students to a variety of field techniques including land research, historical documents, ecological surveys, and Papakūmakawalu. Repeatable two times, up to 12 credits. Junior standing or higher. Pre: 207/SUST 217 or 307/SUST 317 or HWST/SUST 356, or consent. (Summer only)
Uses Dr. Pualani Kanahele’s Papakū 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).
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.
The science of planting and harvesting Hawaiian medicinal plants and exploring production and marketing strategies. Pre: 107, 285 and 385; or consent.
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)
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.
Capstone seminar designed to provide a culminating academic experience through in-depth examination, analysis, articulation, and projects relevant to a HWST area of concentration. Repeatable one time. HWST majors only. Senior standing only. A-F only. Pre: 341, 342, [343 or 390 or 490 (or concurrent)] and [207/SUST 217 or 285 or 307/SUST 317 or 356/SUST 356] and [222 or 224 or 225 or 372 or 478]. (Fall only)
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)
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.
Individual reading/research. Pre: instructor consent.
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.
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.
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.
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. Pre: 601 and 602; 603 (or concurrent).
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: 107, and one course from 220-225, and one course from 320-325; or consent. (Fall only)
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 reimag(in)-ing. HWST majors only. A-F only. Pre: 620 or consent. (Spring only)
Support student dialogue on the foundations of pono science. Through discussions and structured guidance, students will explore Hawaiian ethics, implications of research, and decolonizing methodology. Repeatable three times. Graduate students only.
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.
Seminar on Mele Hawai‘i (Songs, Poetry, Chants) as systems of knowledge that record, communicate, and critique historical, political, environmental, and cultural information. Will include learning and analysis of mele, culminating with a research project. Pre: HAW 302 and (HWST 478 or HAW 384 or HAW 484).
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)
Topical graduate seminar focuses on indigenous perspectives on water, food sovereignty, Hawaiian terrestrial and marine food production systems, and ancestral abundance. Seminar perspective to change each term. Repeatable two times. Pre: 207/SUST 217 and HAW 202 or consent.
Seminar on pre-contact, customary laws on fishing and ocean stewardship, their codification in written laws during the Hawaiian Kingdom period, and changes and impacts through U.S. annexation and statehood, including current models of ocean governance. (Alt. years: Fall) (Cross-listed as SUST 652)
Introduction to the protection of cultural, archaeological, and historical resources with emphasis on key federal and state laws. (Once a year) (Cross-listed as LAW 503)
Seminar focused on leadership challenges in MVâlama ‘Āina to bridge ancestral and
contemporary systems to better steward resources, produce abundance, work with and in community, and pivot large institutions for a better Aloha ‘Āina future. (Cross-listed as SUST 659)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
Practicum for Plan B. Repeatable unlimited times. CR/NC only. Pre: consent.
Repeatable unlimited times. A-F only. Pre: consent.
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).