Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
2645 Dole Street
*C. L. Andrade, PhD (Director)—traditional navigation, Malama 'aina: traditional resource management, indigenous geography, Hawaiian music
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
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 the next generation of 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. Our BA graduates have moved forward to earn advanced degrees in anthropology, art, botany, business, communications, counseling, education, engineering, English, geography, law, linguistics, medicine, ocean science, Pacific Island studies, political science, psychology, social work, theater, and urban and regional planning.
In Fall 2005, we inaugurated our MA program to offer students an opportunity to pursue their interests while deepening their scholarly abilities. The master's of art degree builds on the BA program's areas of concentration. It addresses crucial issues such as the sustainability and resource management of the environment that is consistent with the geography and history of Hawai'i, indigenous pedagogy and epistemology, and a political 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 an array of communities.
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 and a Senior capstone project is required, as well as familiarity with Hawaiian history and literature, culture and creative expression, politics and integral components of governance, resource management and sustainability, and comparative indigenous studies. A Native Hawaiian perspective is emphasized in the major.
Completion of 120 credit hours, including the General Education Requirements (see the “Undergraduate General Education 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 or 107A; HWST 270. Specific programs should be determined through consultation with the academic advisor. Majors should be interviewed by the academic advisor by the end of the sophomore year.
Students admitted to the BA program prior to Fall 2010 should consult the academic advisor to review changes that may affect their programs.
For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.
The MA in Hawaiian Studies features an interdisciplinary curriculum that draws from faculty strengths in indigenous knowledge as well as other academic fields. Some examples of faculty expertise in Native practices include oli, music, fiber arts, voyaging, and navigation. Our faculty members' expertise also covers a wide spectrum of other academic fields that include poetry, political science, history, geography, education, and natural sciences.
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 interests.
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. 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:
And one of the following to complete the 15 credits of course prerequisites:
Applicants to the MA program must have satisfactorily completed HAW 302 or the equivalent at the time of entry. All MA students will complete the fourth level (HAW 402) of Hawaiian language by graduation.
There are four core classes that all MA students are required to complete. 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. Candidates will be required to integrate the two areas of concentration in a single thesis (Plan A) or non-thesis project (Plan B). The areas of concentration are:
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