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Hawaiian Experience Pathways

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Please direct all questions to your Exchange Coordinator:

Global Exchange: Todd Shumway - 808.932.7488 - shumway@hawaii.edu

National Student Exchange: Kadian Shaw - 808.932.7389 - uhhnse@hawaii.edu

What is it?

Nā Ala ʻIke Hawaiʻi is a special program for UH Hilo exchange students that will immerse you in the unique culture and environment of Hawaiʻi, and guide you through an experience with the power to transform your cultural understanding and sense of place in the world. Through coursework, service and other activities, you will strengthen your respect for diversity, deepen your self-awareness and gain greater understanding of the indigenous culture of Hawaiʻi, while offering your own skills to the land and people of Hawaiʻi. 

Make the most of your Exchange:
┬áImmerse yourself in Hawai╩╗i’s land, history, culture & language.

How the Program Works

Completing the Balanced Pathway, Ke Ala Waena, is simple, and requires the following steps:

  1. Enroll in and complete at least 1 Core Course.
  2. Participate in at least 2 Service Experiences.
  3. Earn at least 15 total credits (╩╗ai ╩╗ike) through completing courses, service experiences and other activities (see chart below)
  4. Write and submit a 1-page reflection paper.

Completing Additional Pathways

To complete one of the four focused Pathways, at least 7 of the 15 ʻai ʻike must be earned in the chosen area: ʻĀina, Moʻolelo, Moʻomeheu, ʻŌlelo.

Below, you will find a list of the courses and activities that earn ╩╗ai ╩╗ike. Each circle equals one ╩╗ai ╩╗ike (credit) for the corresponding focus area, indicated by color as follows:

Green Wave ╩╗─Çina┬á┬á (Environment) [ʻ─Çina (Environment)]

Red Wave Mo╩╗olelo (History) [Moʻolelo (History)]

Yellow Wave Mo╩╗omeheu (Culture) [Moʻomeheu (Culture)]

Blue Wave ╩╗┼îlelo (Language) [ʻ┼îlelo (Language)]

Please Note: Other events may qualify for ╩╗ai ╩╗ike. Contact your Exchange Coordinator to learn more.

The Complete Pathway

For students on a full-year exchange, seeking an intensive immersion experience, the Ke Ala Piha Pathway is available, and requires completion of all four focus areas. If you are interested in this pathway, please contact your Exchange Coordinator immediately to begin planning.

5 waves Ke Ala Piha (The Complete Pathway)

Ke Ala Piha is an rigorous Pathway requiring completion of each of the four focus areas and providing significant exposure to the land, history, culture and language of Hawai╩╗i. Ke Ala Piha is a year-long Pathway, and therefore 2 core courses, 4 service experiences, and 30 ╩╗ai ╩╗ike are required.

Five Pathways

Purple Wave Ke Ala Waena

Kaua'i Aina This is the most basic Pathway, introducing you to the land, history, culture and language in a balanced way. In addition to the required service experiences, you will experience Hawaiian chant, dance, and song, as well as basic knowledge about the history of the people and land of Hawai╩╗i.

 

Green Wave Ke Ala ╩╗─Çina

This Pathway is designed for students whose primary interest is how the physical landscape intersects with the cultural elements of Hawaiʻi.  Experiences will focus on how Hawaiian culture and tradition relates to land, sky and sea.

 

King David Kalakaua

Red Wave Ke Ala Mo╩╗olelo

Following this Pathway will provide a foundational understanding of Hawaiian history, including the rise and rule of the Kingdom of Hawai╩╗i and the complex questions of sovereignty and statehood.

 

Hula Kahiko

 

Yellow Wave Ke Ala Mo╩╗omeheu

With an emphasis on culture, this Pathway will lead you to numerous experiences in oli (chant), hula (dance) and mele (song), as well as social patterns and ancient traditions - many of which are still an important part of life in Hawai╩╗i today.

 

Hawaiian Newspaper

 

 

Blue Wave Ke Ala ʻŌlelo

If you have a sincere interest in the language of Hawaiʻi, this Pathway will provide you significant language experience, as well as access to the cultural knowledge embedded in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.

 

 

 

Available Courses

Please Note: Other events may qualify for ╩╗ai ╩╗ike. Contact your Exchange Coordinator to learn more.

Reminder:

  1. Enroll in and complete at least 1 Core Course.
  2. At least 7 dots of a single color to get corresponding Pathway
  3. Participate in at least 2 Service Experiences.
  4. Earn at least 15 total credits (╩╗ai ╩╗ike) through completing courses, service experiences and other activities (see chart below)
  5. Write and submit a 1-page reflection paper.

 

Hula class
Core Courses (1 Course Minimum)

Moʻolelo (History) Moʻomeheu (Culture) ʻŌlelo (Language) ʻŌlelo (Language) Moʻomeheu (Culture) ʻĀina (Environment) Moʻomeheu (Culture) GEOG 107 * Hawaiʻi in the Pacific - Broad focus on culture, land and language, service trips required * Note: Also qualifies as one Service Experience .

Moʻomeheu (Culture) ʻŌlelo (Language) ʻŌlelo (Language) ʻŌlelo (Language) ʻŌlelo (Language) Moʻomeheu (Culture) HAW 101 Elementary Hawaiian I - Intensive language course, strong introduction to ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.

ʻŌlelo (Language) ʻŌlelo (Language) Moʻolelo (History) Moʻomeheu (Culture) Moʻolelo (History) HAW 100A Hawaiian Language in Action - Accessible 2 credit course, emphasis on chant, dance and song.

ʻĀina (Environment) ʻĀina (Environment) ʻŌlelo (Language) Moʻomeheu (Culture) ʻŌlelo (Language) HWST 111 Hawaiian 'Ohana - Broad overview of culture and history, some chant and dance.

╩╗┼îlelo (Language) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) Mo╩╗omeheu (Culture) HWST 211 Hawaiian Ethnobotany - Introduction to names & significance of Hawai╩╗i’s native plants.

╩╗┼îlelo (Language) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) Mo╩╗omeheu (Culture) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) HWST 213 Hawaiian Ethnozoology - Introduction to names & significance of Hawai╩╗i’s native animals/

Additional Courses

ʻŌlelo (Language) ʻĀina (Environment) Moʻomeheu (Culture) BIOL 156: Natural History & Conservation of Hawaiʻi

╩╗─Çina (Environment) Mo╩╗olelo (History) Mo╩╗olelo (History) GEOG 332: Geography of Hawaiian Islands

Mo╩╗omeheu (Culture) Mo╩╗omeheu (Culture) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) GEOL 205: Geology of Hawaiian Islands

╩╗─Çina (Environment) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) Mo╩╗olelo (History) HIST 284: History of Hawai╩╗i

Mo╩╗olelo (History) Mo╩╗olelo (History) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) MARE 140: Hawaiian Coral Reefs

Kohala Volunteer April header

Service Experiences

Moʻolelo (History) Moʻomeheu (Culture) ʻĀina (Environment) ʻĀina (Environment) ʻŌlelo (Language) Break Thru Adventures - Week-long Spring Break service trip, Spring Sem. Only *Note:Qualifies as two Service Experiences.

╩╗┼îlelo (Language) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) K─źpuka M─üla Program - Campus service day & orientation to the K─źpuka m─üla (garden)

╩╗─Çina (Environment) Mo╩╗olelo (History) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) K─źpuka Service Day - Day-long service trip, connected to Hawaiian culture & history

╩╗─Çina (Environment) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) K─źpuka Sailing Day - Day of canoe sailing & paddling on Hilo Bay, Fall Semester Only

Mo╩╗omeheu (Culture) Mo╩╗omeheu (Culture) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) Kohala Service Day - Global Exchange & NSE service trip to Kohala Mountain

╩╗─Çina (Environment) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) Mo╩╗olelo (History) Keaukaha Service Day - Global Exchange & NSE service trip to Keaukaha in Hilo

Other Activities

Moʻomeheu (Culture) Moʻomeheu (Culture) ʻŌlelo (Language) Mixed Plate Event - Dinner and small group sessions on language, culture & history

Moʻomeheu (Culture) Moʻomeheu (Culture) ʻŌlelo (Language) Merrie Monarch Festival - Premier Hula Competition hosted in Hilo, Spring Only

Moʻolelo (History) Moʻolelo (History) ʻŌlelo (Language) Hula Class at the SLC - Semester long recreational hula class at the Student Life Cent.

Mo╩╗olelo (History) Mo╩╗omeheu (Culture) Hawai╩╗i: The Untold Story - Presentation on often unknown elements of Hawaiian history

Mo╩╗omeheu (Culture) ╩╗─Çina (Environment) ╩╗Imiloa Navigation Festival - At ╩╗Imiloa celebrating Polynesian “Wayfinding”, Fall Only

╩╗─Çina (Environment) K─źpuka M─üla Day - Friday afternoon service opportunity at the K─źpuka m─üla (garden)

Mo╩╗omeheu (Culture) University Canoe Club