Hawaiian Language (HAW) Graduate Courses

Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani/College of Hawaiian Language (KHUOK)

Built upon a core commitment to Hawaiian language and culture education, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani provides courses that also address the broader world of indigenous peoples and the use of Hawaiian as an official medium of education for the State of Hawaiʻi. Courses other than Hawaiian language (HAW) and Hawaiian Studies (HWST) are marked with an initial K (for Keʻelikōlani) followed by an appropriate alpha, e.g. IND (Indigenous Studies), ANT (Anthropology), ED (Education), etc.

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HAW 500 Master's Plan Studies (1) (other) Used for continuous enrollment purposes. Must be taken for CR/NC. Does not count toward fulfillment of degree requirements. Pre: Master's or Doctoral candidacy and instructor's consent.

HAW 603 Grad Level Hawn Lang (3) Further development of Hawaiian language ability from the B.A. level to a level appropriate for graduate work. B.A. base reviewed with correction of any problem areas. Introduction of additional patterns, vocabulary, and styles in both oral and written form. Use of resources from late monarchy and early territorial periods. Pre: Admission to MA program in Hawaiian Language and Literature.

HAW 630 Research Methods in Hawn Lang (3) Seminar in which students explore and choose thesis topics.

HAW 631 History of Hawaiian Lang & Lit (3) Hawaiian language and literature since contact with Europeans. Styles of language and types of literature. Relationships between Hawaiian and other languages, especially Hawaiʻi Creole English. Pre: HWST 452 or 453. Recommended: LING 331, 421, and 437.

HAW 632 Hawaiian As Second Language (3) Teaching Hawaiian to speakers of other languages, particularly Hawaiian Creole English. This includes problems faced by students in acquiring native-like Hawaiian and history of Hawaiian language teaching. Pre: HAW 453 and 454. Recommended: HAW 431 and LING 351.

HAW 654 Advanced Hawn Grammar (3) Advanced aspects of Hawaiian grammar. Pre: HAW 453, 454; LING 321.

HAW 690 Study in Hawn Spking Community (3) Off-campus field work experience. Pre: HAW 453, 454, and 631.

HAW 693 Thesis and Proposal Writing (3) Seminar for writing and presentation of master's thesis proposal or a section of the master's thesis. Pre: Permission of instructor (conditioned on completion of all required course work prior to writing the thesis).

HAW 700 Thesis Research (1–6) (other) Research and writing of thesis. Pre: HAW 630


HAW x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

HAW x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.

Additional Courses

Also see the HAW undergraduate-level courses.