Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
*J. Osorio, PhD (Chair)—politics of identity in the Hawaiian kingdom,
colonization in the Pacific
Degree Offered: BA in Hawaiian studies, MA in Hawaiian studies
The Academic Program
Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies (HWST) recognizes its kuleana to nurture and educate community leaders, teachers and scholars who will lead Hawai‘i into the future. Kamakakuokalani offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees that reflect the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of Hawaiian knowledge. In the past, our BA graduates have gone on to earn advanced degrees in anthropology, art, botany, business, communications, counseling, education, engineering, English, geography, law, linguistics, medicine, music, ocean science, Pacific Islands studies, political science, psychology, social work, theater, and urban and regional planning.
In Fall 2005, we inaugurated our master of arts program, allowing students to pursue their interests while deepening their scholarly abilities. The master of arts degree builds on the BA program concentrations. It addresses crucial issues such as sustainable economic development, training students in land and resource management that is consistent with the geography and history of Hawai‘i, indigenous pedagogy and epistemology, and creating the political, economic, and governmental infrastructure for a Hawaiian nation. The MA also provides professionals in government, law, criminal justice, education, social work, and various health fields, the specialized knowledge in Hawaiian history and culture needed to adequately serve the community.
Our BA and MA programs consist of five areas of concentration:
Students design their program around a selected area of concentration. Third-year fluency in Hawaiian language is required, as well as familiarity with Hawaiian literature, culture, politics, and economics. The Native Hawaiian view is emphasized in the major.
Completion of 124 credit hours, including the General Education Requirements (see “Manoa General Education Core and Graduation Requirements” section for more information) and the following program requirements:
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 advisors. Majors should
be interviewed by the advisor by the end of the sophomore year.
Students admitted to the BA program prior to 2007 should consult an advisor to review changes that may affect their programs.
The MA in Hawaiian Studies features an interdisciplinary curriculum that draws from faculty strengths in indigenous traditions as well as western academic fields. Examples of faculty expertise in native practices are oli, hula, fiber arts, voyaging, and musical performance. Our faculty members’ expertise also covers a wide spectrum of western academic fields that include history, geography, Hawaiian visual culture, education, and natural sciences.
Graduate students are each assigned a faculty mentor upon admission who will work with the individual on curriculum and research endeavors. In addition, the graduate chair offers continuous administrative assistance and academic advising as needed. Academic benchmarks include but are not limited to: development of critical thinking and analytical skills; theoretical foundations for interdisciplinary studies; grounding in and application of native practices particular to individual interest.
The following are prerequisite courses for applicants who are not BA degree recipients of Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. Students taking these prerequisites may enroll concurrently in graduate level Hawaiian studies courses with consent of instructor. These prerequisites have been established by our faculty as consensus core competencies in Hawaiian studies. Significant contexts for analysis and critical thinking are based in the measurable teaching objectives and learning outcomes of these courses. They represent the educational foundations of our field:
In addition to the four courses above, candidates must select one of the following to complete the 15 credits of course prerequisites:
Equally central to these foundations is the requirement that MA students will have also completed up to the fourth level (HAW 402) of Hawaiian language by the time they graduate. Beginning in 2008 applicants to the MA must have completed HAW 302 or equivalent.
There are four core classes that all MA students are required to take. They form the foundation of the MA program:
Areas of Concentration
Hawaiian studies MA candidates will choose two of the five areas of concentration to focus their research on. Candidates will be required to integrate the two areas of concentration in a single thesis research project (Plan A) or non-thesis project (Plan B). Areas of concentration are:
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