Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

HWST 105 - Mea Kanu: Hawaiian Plants And Their Uses

  • Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23

This course explores the cultural uses of plants by humans in the Hawaiian archipelago and elsewhere in Polynesia. Focus will be upon those plants that were originally found in Hawai‘i when early settlers came and those plants that were brought by them. Cross-listed as BOT 105.

3 hrs. lect./demo. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of HWST 105, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the origins and dispersal agents of endemic, indigenous, and introduced plants in Hawaii.
  • Describe the influence of natural history and environmental conditions on the habitat distribution of these plants and on Hawaiian settlement patterns.
  • Identify plants of ethnobotanical significance in Hawaiian culture by their Hawaiian names.
  • Demonstrate awareness of scientific and folk taxonomy as the relate to Hawaiian plants.
  • Discuss the relationship of selected plants to Hawaiian material culture, agricultural practices, and belief systems.
  • Identify differences and similarities between Hawaiian ethnobotanical practices with those in other Polynesian societies

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