Course Descriptions HWST
HAWAIIAN STUDIES (HWST)
Updated for 2013-2014
HWST 105 Mea Kanu Hawai‘i: 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 21 and ENG 22 or ESL 21 and ESL 22 with a grade of C or better 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) and (H)
Prerequisite: ENG 21 and ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or instructor approval.
Recommended Prep: HAW 101 with a C or better.
HWST 160 Hula (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) Prerequisites: ENG 21 and ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or instructor approval. Rec Preparation: 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. Recommended Preparation: 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. (Formerly HUM 261) (DL)
Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.Rec Preparation: HWST 107
HWST 270 Hawaiian Mythology (3) A study of mythologies, histories and legends as a foundation for Hawaiian culture, values and world-view. Survey of akua, ‘aumakua, kupua, mythical heroes, heroines and their kinolau as the basis of traditional Hawaiian Metaphors. This is an inter-disciplinary course that uses Native Hawaiian oral and aural traditions as well as visual and written texts. (DH)
Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better or equivalent, or instructor approval and HWST 107 or HAWN 102.
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.