Hawaiian Studies (HWST) 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 are marked with an initial K (for Keʻelikōlani) followed by an appropriate alpha, e.g. HAW (Hawaiian), HWS (Hawaiian Studies), IND (Indigenous Studies), ANT (Anthropology), ED (Education), etc.

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HWST 107 Hawaiʻi:Center of the Pacific (3) An introduction to the unique aspects of the native point of view In Hawaiʻi and the larger Pacific with regards to origins, language, religion, land, art, history and modern issues.

HWST 111 Hawaiian ʻOhana (3) The culture of the Hawaiian people as expressed in the home and family. The position of the family as the basis of the larger Hawaiian society and culture. Both ancient and modern aspects covered; extensive use of Hawaiian terminology. (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

HWST 175 Intro Music Of Polynesia (3) A general survey of the indigenous and acculturated music of eight major Polynesian island groups: Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, Easter Island and Hawaiʻi. Music is viewed as both an organization of sound and as a product of culture and people. (Same as MUS 175). (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

HWST 176 Hist & Dev Of Hawn Music (3) A general survey of the interrelationships of indigenous and acculturated Hawaiian music. Vocal music genres to be discussed include: chant; Christian hymn singing; secular choral singing; male and female falsetto singing; Chalangalang; Hapa Haole; and contemporary. Instrumental music genres include: Pre-European instrumental styles; slack key guitar; ʻukulele; and steel guitar. (Same as MUS 176) (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

HWST 205 Hawaiian Music in Action (2) Learning Hawaiian songs as a means of strengthening knowledge of language, poetry and culture. A) mele 'aina, E) mele pili kanaka, I) other. May be repeated for credit if subletters are different. Conducted in Hawaiian. Pre: HAW 101 or 107. (Attributes: GAHP)

HWST 211 Hawaiian Ethnobotany (3) Hawaiian herbs and plants: their identification, their place in the heritage of the Hawaiian people, their medicinal properties, and other practical uses; extensive use of Hawaiian terminology. (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

HWST 213 Hawaiian Ethnozoology (3) Hawaiian fishes, birds, and other creatures: their identification, their place in the heritage of the Hawaiian people, methods of capture, their practical uses; extensive use of Hawaiian terminology. (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

HWST 471 Mele ʻAuana (3) Hawaiian musical traditions initiated since 1778 (e.g., falsetto, slack key, himeni, etc.). Traditions concerning their sources and history. Some attention given to performance. Conducted in Hawaiian. Pre: HAW 202 or equivalent, which, with permission, may be taken concurrently; HWST 361, HWST 462. (Attributes: GAHP)

HWST 474 Hula Kahiko (3) Hawaiian dance forms within the traditional halau hula. Traditions concerning their sources and history. Some attention given to performance. Conducted in Hawaiian. Pre: HAW 304 or equivalent, which, with permission, may be taken concurrently. Recommended: HWST 361, 462, 471, 473 recommended. (Attributes: ALEX, GAHP, GCC, HPP)

HWST 496 Hawaiian Studies Seminar (3) Readings, research and field work on the traditional and contemporary Hawaiian community. Conducted in Hawaiian. Pre: HAW 303 and senior standing, or instructor's consent. (Attributes: ALEX, GAHP, GCC, HPP)


HWST 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.

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

Additional Courses

Also see the HWST graduate-level courses.