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Center for Chinese Studies

Center for Hawaiian Studies

Center for Japanese Studies

Center for Korean Studies

Center for Pacific Islands Studies

Center for Philippine Studies

Center for South Asian Studies

Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Committee for the Preservation and Study of Hawaiian Language, Art and Culture

Asian Studies

Hawaiian Studies

Pacific Islands Studies

Hawaiian Studies

Kamakakuokalani 209A
2645 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: (808) 973-0989
Fax: (808) 973-0988
Web: www.hawaii.edu/shaps/


J. Osorio, PhD (Chair)—politics of identity in the Hawaiian kingdom, colonization in the Pacific
C. L. Andrade, PhD—traditional navigation, Malama ‘Aina: traditional resource management, indigenous geography, Hawaiian music
I. M. Andrade, MFA—Native Hawaiian visual culture/art, customary practices/fiber arts, museum studies
A. Drexel, MFA—Hawaiian art, history, mythology, land tenure
J. N. Goodyear-Ka‘opua, BA—Hawaiian and Pacific history
R. P. H. Ka‘aloa, MED—educational technology, distance education, Indigenous education
L. Kame‘eleihiwa, PhD—Hawaiian mythology, history, land tenure, literature, traditional navigation
M. Naukana-Gilding, MLS—Hawaiian genealogies, Hawaiian information resources
L. Ohai, MA—La‘au Lapa‘au: Hawaiian medicinal herbs, horticulture
W. K. Perry, JD—comparative politics, law
H. Trask, PhD—native political movements in Hawai‘i and the Pacific, literature and politics of Pacific island women, Hawaiian history and politics, third world and indigenous history and politics
K. G. T. Young, PhD—class and culture in native Hawaiian society, contemporary politics in Hawai‘i and the Pacific

Degree Offered: BA in Hawaiian studies

The Academic Program

The Center for Hawaiian Studies (HWST) offers a bachelor’s degree with a choice of six areas of concentration: traditional society, arts, history, modern society, language, and natural environment. Third-year fluency in Hawaiian language is required, as well as some familiarity with Hawaiian literature, culture, politics, and economics. The native Hawaiian view is emphasized in the major.

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor’s Degree

Major Requirements

A 3.0 in all courses for the major.

  • Total of 35 credit hours
  • 23 credit hours in the following required courses:
    • HAW 301 and 302
    • HWST 207 or 281 or 285 or 351
    • HWST 270, 341, and 342
    • HWST 343 or 390 or 490
    • HWST 478 or MUS 312 or MUS 412 or MUS 478
  • 12 credit hours of approved courses in one of these concentrations:
    • Kumu Kahiki: Comparative Polynesian and Indigenous Studies
    • Halau ‘o Laka: Hawaiian Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
    • Mo‘olelo ‘Oiwi: Native History and Literature
    • Kukulu Aupuni: Envisioning the Nation
    • Mâlama ‘Aina: Land and Sea Resource Management
  • Third-year fluency in Hawaiian

Before beginning work on the major, students should have completed HAW 101, 102, 201, and 202; HWST 107; and BOT 105. Specific programs should be determined through consultation with program advisers. Majors should be interviewed by the adviser by the end of the sophomore year.

HWST Courses