Keʻelikōlani Hawaiian Studies (KHWS) 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 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 662 Applied Hawaiian Chant (3) Applied study of the performance of various Hawaiian chant styles. Pre: Approved MA Candidate of the Indigenous Language and Culture Education Program or approval from the Graduate Program Chair. (Previously offered as HWST 662)

KHWS 663 Traditional Hawn Literature (3) Focuses on indigenous oral and written literature forms and their relationship to folk tales. Pre: Approved MA Candidate of the Indigenous Language and Culture Education Program or approval from the Graduate Program Chair. (Previously offered as HWST 663)

KHWS 664 European Influenced Hawn Lit (3) Hawaiian literature developed on European models such as biographies, late nineteenth-century histories and journals. Pre: Approved MA Candidate of the Indigenous Language and Culture Education Program or approval from the Graduate Program Chair. (Previously offered as HWST 664)

KHWS 665 Ethnological & Hist Narratives (3) Descriptions written in Hawaiian regarding traditional Hawaiian culture and history. Cultural topics range from religion and court life to farming and fishing. Conducted in Hawaiian. Pre: Approved MA Candidate of the Indigenous Language and Culture Education Program or approval from the Graduate Program Chair. (Previously offered as HWST 665)

KHWS 741 Classical Hwn Ed: Gen Hwn Cult (3) Further develops one's knowledge-base of classical Hawaiian literature through the study of aspects of traditional Hawaiian educational customs and practices. Pre: Approved PhD Candidate of the Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization Program or approval from the Graduate Program Chair.

KHWS 742 Ka Hoomamau Olelo A Moomeheu (3) Study of the relationships between society, history, politics, culture, and the economy to further the language and culture revitalization efforts in establishing it as the primary language and culture of the community while overcoming various barriers. Pre: Approved PhD Candidate of the Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization Program or approval from the Graduate Program Chair.


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.

Additional Courses

Also see the KHWS undergraduate-level courses.