Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature
*N. C. Losch, MA (Chair)—Hawaiian language and culture, Pacific
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
N. Silva, PhD—political science
Degrees and Certificates Offered: Undergraduate Certificate in Hawaiian; Undergraduate Certificate in Indo-Pacific languages (Burmese, Filipino, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, or Vietnamese); BA in Hawaiian; BA in Philippine Language and Literature; BA in interdisciplinary studies (concentration in Hindi, Indonesian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Thai, or Vietnamese); Minor in Filipino and Ilokano Language and Culture; MA in Hawaiian
The Academic Program
Hawaiian (HAW) and Indo-Pacific (IP) Languages and Literatures provides instruction in the languages of the Indo-Pacific area to a broad spectrum of students at UH Manoa. The department’s coverage of these languages is unique in the U.S.: this is the only department in the country to offer a BA degree in Hawaiian language and the only one to offer every national language of Southeast Asia, as well as classical and modern Indian languages. Beyond language, the department offers courses in the literatures and cultures of the area, including literature in translation of Hawai‘i, South and Southeast Asia, and the Philippines. Opportunities are available for study abroad in certain areas. The department at UH Manoa provides an opportunity without parallel elsewhere in the country for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the languages and cultures of that part of the world that encompasses more than 25 percent of the Earth’s population and an unusual diversity of peoples.
All the department’s elementary- and intermediate-level language courses may be used to fulfill the Hawaiian or foreign language requirement for all bachelor’s degrees at UH Manoa. Students of Indo-Pacific languages and cultures can also enhance their opportunities to find a career in international relations; provide service to the community in such fields as social work, public health, nursing, medicine, and law; perform research on Asia and the Pacific; and develop cross-cultural awareness and understanding in Hawai‘i’s multicultural environment.
Language offerings include Burmese, Cambodian (Khmer), Hawaiian, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Pali, Prakrit, Samoan, Sanskrit, Filipino, Tahitian, Thai, Classical Tibetan, and Vietnamese. For additional languages and topics, see Indo-Pacific languages (IP) courses listed at the back of the Catalog.
BA Degree in Hawaiian
30 credit hours above HAW 202 with a GPA of 3.0 or better, including:
In collaboration with the College of Education, the Hawaiian Language Division administers this minor in Hawaiian (immersion education) to prepare secondary subject area teachers for the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program in the Department of Education. Acceptance into the minor follows:
A total of 27–36 credits will be required with a minimal GPA requirement of 2.75 in the minor courses: 15-18 from the College of Education and 12-18 from Hawaiian Language
On recommendation of the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, the University confers certification of achievement in Filipino, Hawaiian, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, and Vietnamese.
15 credit hours beyond the intermediate level in the language of choice, including:
A 3.0 GPA in courses leading to the certificate is required.
BA Degree in Philippine Language and Literature (with concentration in Filipino or Ilokano)
The program has the following objectives: prepare students for future careers in community service and education; prepare students for advanced research and/or graduate studies in various fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences; and ultimately, serve students of Filipino ancestry by providing them with a better understanding of Philippine culture and proficiency in a Philippine language.
A minimum of 36 credit hours, made up of 24 credits in required language and literature courses in Filipino or Ilokano
Minor in Filipino
Students completing the program would have both oral and written competence in Filipino as well as cultural content sufficient for use in professional careers, graduate work or research, and field work.
A minimum of 15 credit hours from five non-introductory courses in Filipino and Philippine culture is required.
Minor in Ilokano
Students completing the program would have both oral and written competence in Ilokano as well as cultural content sufficient for use in professional careers, graduate work or research, and field work.
A minimum of 15 credit hours from five non-introductory courses in Ilokano language and culture is required.
The graduate program in Hawaiian is designed to provide broad, in-depth education in the Hawaiian language, culture, and literature and is an integral part of the efforts to revitalize Hawaiian as a living language. The program is designed to create scholarship in Hawaiian in new domains, including advanced study of literature; to strengthen and expand the understanding and use of various styles of Hawaiian; to develop curriculum and resources and teacher training for the Kula Kaiapuni (Hawaiian medium schools); to provide support to graduate students in related fields; and to create new literature in Hawaiian. The MA in Hawaiian is intended for students who have a broad background in Hawaiian language and culture, but want more depth in their knowledge. The three areas of the curriculum that are available are:
Applicants to the MA in Hawaiian must have completed a Bachelor’s degree and submitted the following to the Graduate Chair prior to admission: transcripts from each school attended; 18 upper-division credit hours in Hawaiian and HAW 402, or equivalent; a statement of objectives written in Hawaiian; and three letters of recommendation.
In addition, a written and oral examination in Hawaiian will be administered by the Graduate Chair, and an interview will be conducted by an admissions committee of Hawaiian language faculty.
Students must complete 33 credits, including the core requirements and must include at least 24 credits at the 600 level or higher. The required courses are HAW 601 Kakau Mo‘olelo (Narrative Writing), HAW 602 Kaka‘olelo (Hawaiian Speech Styles), HAW 612 Na Mana‘o Politika Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Political Thought) and HAW 615 Kuana‘ike (World View). With pre-approval from the graduate advisor, a student may include a limit of 9 credits not taught in Hawaiian. Thesis (Plan A) and Portfolio (Plan B) options are offered. The required course for Plan A is HAW 700 which can be taken for up to 6 credits. A student must write a thesis in Hawaiian on a topic approved by the student’s advisor. For Plan B a student will enroll in HAW 695 for up to 6 credits. This capstone course is the culminating experience where the student will display the knowledge s/he has researched into a form of his/her choice with the approval of the advisor. Students may also choose the internship/haumana relationship with a manaleo (native speaker), kupuna (elder), or other cultural practitioner where the student will observe, learn, participate and document the expert.
For more information on the MA in Hawaiian, contact the Graduate Chair through the departmental office of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures.
Honors and Awards
Lokomaika‘iokalani Snakenberg Hawaiian Language Graduate Scholarship
Offered to encourage graduate-level research and study for students specializing in Hawaiian language and related fields, this scholarship provides an award of up to $5,000 per semester to students registered in graduate programs at UH Manoa.
Dorothy M. Kahananui Scholarship in Hawaiian Language
This scholarship is offered to students who have successfully completed at least the intermediate level of Hawaiian language, with preference given to doctoral or master’s degree candidates who plan to teach the language. The minimum amount of the award is resident tuition at UH Manoa.
Red Mandarin and Lady Yi-suen Shen Scholarship in Hawaiian Studies
Offered to undergraduate students in Hawaiian studies at UH Manoa, this scholarship covers tuition for the academic year. It is awarded to a degree candidate who demonstrates exceptional promise and achievement. Applicants must be pursuing a program of study that shows a central commitment to Hawaiian studies, including Hawaiian language.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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