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Academic Subject Certificate in Hawaiian Studies

Hawaiian Studies Academic Subject Certificate, 17 credits
The certificate provides you with a strong introduction to the culture, language and history of Hawai‘i and the Native Hawaiian people. The certificate enhances the Liberal Arts degree and prepares you to continue your studies towards baccalaureate degrees in Hawaiian Studies or other fields of study at the University of Hawai‘i.


Updated for 2013-2014



Course Alpha

Course Title


Core Courses



HAW 101

Elementary Hawaiian I


HAW 102

Elementary Hawaiian II


HWST 107

Hawai‘i: Center of the Pacific


HWST 270

Hawaiian Mythology


Elective, select one


HWST 105

Mea Kanu Hawai‘i: Ethnobotany (3)


HWST 160

Hula (3)


HWST 261

Hawaiian Literature (3)


HWST 291

Contemporary Hawaiian Issues (3)


HIST 284

History of the Hawaiian Islands (3)


REL 205

Understanding Hawaiian Religion (3)



Total Credits


Upon completion of the Academic Subject Certificate in Hawaiian Studies the student will be able to:

  1. Examine Native Hawaiian linguistic, cultural, historical and political concepts.
  2. Explain Native Hawaiian concepts as expressed in the broader areas of science, humanities, arts or social sciences.
  3. Use writing to discover, develop, communicate and reflect on issues relevant to the Native Hawaiian community.

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