Hawaiian Studies

WELCOME TO HAWAIIAN STUDIES PROGRAM AT KAUA'I COMMUNITY COLLEGE! 

The Hawaiian Studies Academic Subject Certificate program is designed for students to gain a basic background in Hawaiian Studies. The course of study encompasses Hawaiian language, culture, environment, and values. It will satisfy a number of basic course requirements for the Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language Bachelor Degree programs at the University of Hawai`i at M_anoa and the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. It will also satisfy employer needs for employees who have completed a course of study in Hawaiian culture, language, environment, and values.

The Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies is a 60-credit degree program intended to either provide the first two years of a baccalaureate program in Hawaiian Studies or prepare the student for study in other, broader fields of science, humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Program Admission Requirements:

The program will be governed by the same admission policies as the current Liberal Arts A.A. program, and advising and counseling will be available from a special designated counselor at Student Services.

Graduation Requirements:

A grade of “C” or higher in all Accounting program courses is required for graduation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe aboriginal Hawaiian linguistic, cultural, historical, and political concepts.
  2. Apply aboriginal Hawaiian concepts, knowledge, and methods to the areas of science, humanities, arts, and social sciences in academics and in other professional endeavors.
  3. Engage, articulate, and analyze topics relevant to the aboriginal Hawaiian community using college-level reading skills, research methods, and writing and speaking techniques.
  4. Apply appropriate mathematical and logical concepts and methods to understand, analyze, and explain issues.
  5. Synthesize aboriginal Hawaiian problem-solving skills and creative thinking strategies with other approaches then applying this learning to new and varied situations.
  6. Identify, allocate, and utilize technological and natural resources effectively and responsibly.

GUIDED PATHWAYS TO COMPLETION

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Hawaiian Studies Associate of Arts, 60 Credits
Fall Semester 1
  • ENG 100 Composition I 3 credits
  • HWST 107 Hawai'i: Center of the Pacific 3 credits
  • HAW 101 Elementary Hawaiian I 4 credits
  • BOT 105 Ethnobotany 3 credits
  • Total 16 credits
Spring Semester 2
  • SP 151 Personal and Public Speaking 3 credits
  • HAW 102 Elementary Hawaiian II 4 credits
  • Diversification: Literatures (ENG 261 or HAW 261 recommended) 3 Credits
  • Diversification: Biological Sciences or Physical Sciences plus a Laboratory course 3-4 Credits
  • Electives 3 Credits
  • Total 14 credits
Fall Semester 3
  • HWST 270 Hawaiian Mythology 3 credits
  • Foundations: Symbolic Reasoning (FS): MATH 100, MATH 103, MATH 112, MATH 140X, MATH 205, MATH 206; PHIL 110; or any course designated as FS 3 Credits
  • Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FGA, FGB, or FGC) 3 Credits
  • Diversification: Humanities (REL 205 recommended) 3 Credits
  • Total 15 credits
Spring Semester 4
  • Diversification: Any course designated as DA or DH from the following list: DA: HWST 128, HWST 177; MUS 121F DH: HIST 284, HIST 284K; HWST 111, HWST 281, HWST 290 3 Credits
  • Diversification: Biological Sciences or Physical Sciences plus a Laboratory course 3-4 Credits
  • Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FGA, FGB, or FGC) 3 Credits
  • Diversification: Social Sciences (ANTH 200 or ANTH 220 recommended) 3 Credits
  • Electives 3 Credits
  • Total 15 credits

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Hawaiian Studies Academic Subject Certificate, 26 Credits

The Hawaiian Studies Academic Subject Certificate program is designed for students to gain a basic background in Hawaiian studies. The course of study encompasses Hawaiian language, culture, environment, history, and values.

Fall Semester 1

  • HWST 107 Hawai'i: Center of the Pacific 3 credits
  • HAW 101 Elementary Hawaiian I 4 credits
  • Course from Hawaiian Environment 3-4 Credits
  • Course from Culture, History, Arts 3 Credits
Spring Semester 2
  • HAW 102 Elementary Hawaiian II 4 credits
  • Course from Hawaiian Environment 3-4 Credits
  • Course from Culture, History, Arts 3 Credits
Fall semester 3
  • Course from Hawaiian Language 3-4 Credits
Total credits 23

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The Polynesian Voyaging Academic Subject Certificate program is designed for students interested in exploring, experiencing, and understanding the scientific, historical, and cultural aspects of non-instrument way-finding as it pertains to the exploration and settlement of Polynesia.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the basic principles of non-instrument wayfinding.
  2. Describe how the major starlines are utilized by contemporary wayfinders in navigating.
  3. Describe the basic physics of sailing in the Pacific Ocean.
  4. Explain the movement of people in Polynesia from a cultural and historical context.
Polynesian Voyaging Academic Subject Certificate program (ASC), 20 Credits

Fall Semester 1

  • HWST 107 Hawai'i: Center of the Pacific 3 Credits
  • HWST 281 Ho'okele I: Polynesian Voyaging and Astronomy 3 Credits
  • ELECTIVES: ANTH 220; ASTR 110; BOT 105*; OCN 201*; PHYS 151/PHYS 151L; SCI 122/SCI 122L. 8 Credits

*Courses are recommended.

Note: If students opt to take less than 8 credits, the remaining elective credits required for the certificate may be fulfilled in Semester 2.

 Spring Semester 2

  • HWST 20P Basic Woodworking 2 Credits
  • HWST 282 Ho`okele II: Polynesian Navigation and Seamanship 4 Credits
Total credits 20

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Hawaiian Botany Academic Subject Certificate program (ASC), 7 Credits

Fall Semester 1

  • BOT 130 Plants in the Hawaiian Environment 3 credits
  • BOT 130L Plants in the Hawaiian Environment Laboratory 1 credit
  • BOT 105 Ethnobotany 3 credits
Total credits 7

will provide the students with the science behind and the experience in as well as the cultural context of Hawaiian Botany.

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The Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies degree program intended to either provide the first two years of a baccalaureate program in Hawaiian Studies or prepare the student for study in other, broader fields of science, humanities, arts, and social sciences.