Courses: Hawaiian Studies

HAWAIIAN STUDIES (HWST)

Course descriptions from the 2017-2018 Catalog.

HWST 105 Mea Kanu Hawai'i: Hawaiian Ethnobotany (3)


This class is an introductory survey course of Hawaiian ethnobotany. Students will learn about basic plant classification, cultivation/gathering, preparation and use in food, medicine, ritual/ceremonies, cosmetics, dyeing, construction, tools, clothing, social-life and/or health care.


Prerequisite: ENG 22 or ENG 24 with a grade of C or better or placement in ENG 100 or instructor consent.


HWST 105L Mea Kanu Hawai'i: Hawaiian Ethnobotany Laboratory (1)


Companion laboratory to HWST 105 Mea Kanu Hawai'i: Hawaiian Ethnobotany. The laboratory and field activities in HWST 105L provide students with an understanding of ethnobotany through plant classification, cultivation/gathering, preparation and use in food, medicine, ritual/ceremonies, cosmetics, dyeing, construction, tools, clothing, social life and/or health care.


Prerequisite: ENG 22 or ENG 24 with a grade of C or better or placement in ENG 100 or HWST 105 with a grade of C or better or concurrent or instructor approval


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 the larger Pacific with regards to origins, language, religion, land, art, history and modern issues. (DH)


ENG 22 or ENG 24 with a grade of C or better or placement in ENG 100 or instructor consent.


HWST 160 Hula Nei I (3)


This course is an introduction to hula and oli (chant). It will explore Hawaiian history and literature associated with hula as well as hula protocols, and traditional and contemporary hula dance forms, basic hula movements, hula instruments and oli. The course is repeatable twice. (DA)


Prerequisite: ENG 22 or placement in ENG 100 or instructor consent.


Rec Prep: HAW 101, HAW 102, HWST 107 or HWST 270 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.


HWST 161 Hula Nei II (3)


HWST 161 is beginning hula and oli and is a continuation of HWST 160. Hula and oli are chosen from selected bodies of work used to facilitate increased complex movement sequences, rhythmic structures and techniques. The course work includes Hawaiian history and literature associated with oli and hula as well as hula protocols and traditional and contemporary dance forms.


Prerequisites: HWST 160 with a grade of C or better; or DNCE 160 with a grade of C or better.


Rec Prep: One or more of HAW 101, HAW 102 or HWST 107 or HWST 270 or HUM 261 is helpful but not necessary for admission to this class.


HWST 261 Hawaiian Literature (3)


A survey of Hawaiian literature in English translation is studied in the context of the Hawaiian culture. Its characteristics, forms, relation to other Hawaiian arts, history and society are examined. Hawaiian literature can include but is not limited to prose narration, poetry and orature. (DL)


Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.


Rec Prep: HWST 107


HWST 270 Hawaiian Mythology (3)


An introduction to Hawaiian mythology and mo'olelo as a basis of understanding (or a reflection) of Hawaiian culture, values, metaphor and Worldviews. This course will investigate and analyze oral and written Hawaiian literary sources and the roles of akua, 'aumakua, kupua and kanaka. (DL)


Prerequisite: HWST 107 with a grade of C or better.


HWST 291 Contemporary Hawaiian Issues (3)


This course is a critical study and interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary, domestic and international Hawaiian issues within their historical, social, cultural and political contexts.


Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better or equivalent and HWST 107 with a grade of C or better.