Keʻelikōlani Hawaiian Studies (KHWS) 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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KHWS 405 Hana Noʻeau (1) Traditional Hawaiian arts taught in Hawiian. (A) lau hala, (E) ʻupena/koko (types of nets), (I) hulu manu (feather work), (O) other. (May be repeated for credit if topics are different.) Pre: KHAW 204 or equivalent, which, with permission, may be taken concurrently.

KHWS 462 Haku Mele (3) Hawaiian poetry as literature. Survey and analysis of traditional and modern forms, methods of composition, poetic language, imagery, and kaona (hidden meanings). Interpreting and composing poetry in Hawaiian. Conducted in Hawaiian. Pre: KHAW 303, which may be taken concurrently, or instructor's consent. Recommended: KHWS/ HWST 461.

KHWS 463 Intro Hawn Narrative Lit (3) Introduction to Hawaiian narrative literature both oral and written. Short traditional tales, excerpts from longer forms, comparison of narrative literature with poetry and conversation event recordings. Pre: KHAW 303, which, with permission, may be taken concurrently. Recommended: KHAW 452.

KHWS 464 Hawaiian Composition (3) Essays and articals in Hawaiian focusing on traditional Hawaiian aesthetics and well-formed presentation. Attention to cultural differences in presentation of material. Pre: KHAW 303, which, with permission may be taken concurrently.

KHWS 465 Ha'i'olelo Ku'una (3) This course will develop a foundational understanding and practice in classical Hawaiian speech making. Through the Kumu Honua Mauli Ola Philosophy of Hawaian Being, this course will focus on reading comprehension of classical Hawaiian literature, mainly to analyze ethnoliterary devices and lexical items. Pre: KHAW/HAW 403 or equivalent, may be taken concurrently with permission. Same as HWST 465.

KHWS 471 Mele ʻAuana (3) Please contact the department or division office for more information about this course.

KHWS 472 Hula ʻAuana (3) Hawaiian Dance forms initiated since 1778. Traditions concerning their sources and history. Some attention given to performance. Conducted in Hawaiian. Pre: KHAW 204 or equivalent, which, with permission, may be taken concurrently. Recommended: KHWS/HWST 461, KHWS/HWST 462, KHWS/HWST 471.

KHWS 473 Oli/Mele Kahiko (3) Hawaiian musical forms initiated previous to 1778 (e.g. chanted lamentations, chanted greeting , dance chants, etc.) Traditions concerning their sources and history. Some attention given to performance. Conducted in Hawaiian. Pre: KHAW 204 or equivalent, which with permission, may be taken concurrently. Recommended: KHWS/HWST 461. KHWS/HWST 462, KHWS/HWST 471.

KHWS 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: KHAW 204 or equivalent, which, with permission, may be taken concurrently. Recommended: KHWS/HWST 461, KHWS/HWST 462, KHWS/HWST 471.

KHWS 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.


KHAW 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.

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