Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
*L. Kame‘eleihiwa, PhD (Director)—Hawaiian and Polynesian mythology, history, land tenure, literature, genealogies, traditional navigation
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 ancestral 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.
The master’s of art degree builds on the BA program by addressing 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.
Students design their program around a selected area of concentration. Third-year fluency in Hawaiian language 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. Students design their program around a selected area of concentration. The following are the student learning objectives for the undergraduate program of study:
Students pursuing a BA in Hawaiian Studies must complete 120 credit hours, including the General Education Requirements (see the “Undergraduate General Education Requirements”section), Hawai‘inuaakea undergraduate school requirements and Hawaiian Studies major requirements.
In addition to completing major requirements, all undergraduate majors of Hawai‘inuiakea (HAW, HWST, double, and concurrent majors) must complete the following 15 credits of school required coursework from both Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language that represent the foundation of our field of Hawaiian knowledge and also fulfill General Educational Requirements of UH Manoa. These school requirements do not apply to students pursuing a minor or certificate in Hawaiian.
Before beginning work on the major, students should have completed HAW 101, 102, 201, and 202; HWST 107 or 107A; HWST 270. Course enrollment 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 2015 should consult the academic advisor to review changes that may affect their programs.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all Hawaiian Studies courses that serve as a prerequisite for other Hawaiian Studies courses. Students who do not meet this requirement will not be permitted to register for the next level of Hawaiian Studies courses. For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.
The Master of Arts degree in Hawaiian Studies builds on the BA program’s areas of concentration and features an interdisciplinary curriculum that draws from faculty strengths in indigenous knowledge as well as other academic fields. 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.
Program Student Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the Hawaiian Studies master’s program students should be able to:
The following 15 credits of prerequisite course work are required for applicants who are not Hawaiian Studies BA degree recipients from UH Manoa. These courses represent the educational foundations of our field and are required prerequisite courses to enroll in upper division undergraduate and graduate level courses. Although, students taking these prerequisites may enroll concurrently in graduate level Hawaiian studies courses, enrollment is only allowed by the consent of the instructor.
Applicants to the MA program must have satisfactorily completed HAW 302 or the equivalent at the time of entry. Any remaining prerequisite coursework that was not completed prior to admission must be completed within in the first year. Courses in directed research/reading (e.g. HWST 499/699) are not to be used to make up any prerequisite courses.
Students must complete a total of 33 credits (not to include prerequisites) of which 18 credits must be at the 600 level or higher and have completed or tested out of HAW 402. Students are required to complete, within the program, four HWST core courses (12 credits), two HWST area of concentration courses (6 credits), and a HWST thesis or practicum research course (6 credits). The remaining (9 credits) may be made up of elective course work. Students must receive a grade of B- or better in ALL courses counted towards their MA in Hawaiian Studies degree.
Major Required Courses
There are four core classes that all MA students are required to take. They form the foundation of the MA program.
Areas of Concentration
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 into a thesis (Plan A) or a non-thesis (Plan B).
Halau o Laka: Native Hawaiian Visual Culture
Kukulu Aupuni: Envisioning the Nation
Kumu Kahiki: Comparative Polynesian and Indigenous Studies
Malama ‘Aina: Hawaiian Perspectives on Resource Management
Mo‘olelo ‘Oiwi: Native History and Literature
Admission to the Hawaiian Studies program is only for the fall semester. Students must meet the requirements set by the Office of Graduate Education. In addition to the requirements of Graduate Education, prospective students must also submit the following application materials directory to the Hawaiian Studies department:
Note: Application materials are available on the department website or from the Native Hawaiian Student Services Office in Room 211.
Dual Master’s Degree Program
Students may pursue a Master’s in Hawaiian Studies and a second master’s concurrently in Library and Information Science. Students enrolled in either program may apply for admission in the other degree program. The dual master’s option allows sharing of many elective courses. For more information, contact the HWST graduate chair or a LIS advisor.
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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