Courses: Hawaiian Studies

HAWAIIAN STUDIES (HWST)

Course descriptions from the 2016-2017 Catalog.

HWST 105 Mea Kanu Hawaiʻi: Ethnobotany (3)

An introductory course studying the role of ethnobotany in cultures across the Pacific with special emphasis placed upon uses of Hawaiian plants.

Prerequisite: ENG 22, ENG 24 or ESL 21 and ESL 22 with a grade of C or better or instructor approval.

HWST 107 Hawaiʻi: 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)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 or ENG 24 or ENG 24C with a grade of C or better or equivalent or instructor approval.

Rec Prep: HAW 101 with a C or better.

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. This course is repeatable once for additional credit. (HWST 160 replaces DNCE 160) (DA)

Prerequisites: ENG 22 or ENG 24 with a grade of C or better or instructor approval.

Rec Prep: HAW 101, HAW 102 or HWST 107 or HWST 270 or HUM 261 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.

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