Hawaiian Studies (HWST)

The Associate in Arts degree in Hawaiian Studies is designed to provide students a broad foundation in general education with a major focus in Hawaiian studies. It is a 64 credit Associates in Arts degree that enables students to study the culture and language of Hawaiʻi, and it provides students with an awareness and understanding of the values, religion, and customs of ancient and modern Hawaiʻi.


Academic Subject Certificate (ASC)

*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.

Students may select from a variety of courses that present Hawaiian perspectives in Hawaiian culture, language, history, and philosophy. The certificate enhances the Liberal Arts AA degree. Students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Hawaiian Studies or in another field should consult a counselor or academic advisor.

Upon successful completion of the HWST Program, the student should be able to:

• The ASC has a minimum of 27 credits.
• Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses included in the certificate.
• A minimum of 9 credits must be taken at UH Maui College.
• A GPA of 2.0 or better is required for all courses applied to the certificate.

Hawaiian Studies core: 10 credits
*BOT 105/HWST 211**
Hawaiian Ethnobotany(3)
HAW 202
Intermediate Hawaiian II(4)
HWST 107
Hawai‘i: Center of the Pacific(3)

Elective courses: 17-18 credits
Any 100 or 200-level HAW or HWST course. A minimum of two 200-level courses are required.
HAW 101 Elementary Hawaiian I(4)
HAW 102 Elementary Hawaiian II(4)
HAW 104 Hawai‘i: Language through Hula(3)
HAW 201 Intermediate Hawaiian I(4)
HAW 221 Hawaiian Conversation(3)
HAW 261 Hawaiian Literature in Translation(3)
HAW 262 Hawaiian Literature(3)
HWST 100BCD Intro Hawaiian Culture(1,1,1)
HWST 111 The Hawaiian ‘Ohana(3)
HWST 205A Hawaiian Music Action – Mele ‘Āina(2)
HWST 205E Hawaiian Music Action – Mele Pili Kanaka(2)
HWST 205I Hawaiian Music in Action – Other(2)
HWST 207 Malama Ahupua’a: Resource Mgt(3)
HWST 213 Hawaiian Ethnozoology(3)
HWST 231 Hawaiian Culture(3)
HWST 262 Pana Maui: Maui’s Sacred Hawaiian Places(3)
HWST 270 Hawaiian Mythology(3)
HWST 286 Kaho‘olawe Aloha ‘Āina(3)
HWST 291 Modern Issues in Hawai‘i(3)
HWST 190v Topics course(1-3)***
HWST 290v Topics course(1-3)***

*Note: Additional electives available; consult with Counseling or Hawaiian Studies faculty. UHMC Hawaiian language back credits can apply toward the certificate.
**Note: Crosslisted; take in either department.
***Note: May be repeated if different course title.