Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

HWST 281L - Ho‘Okele I: Hawaiian Astronomy And Weather Lab

  • Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 22 or ESL 23, or Instructor consent Prerequisite or Corequisite: HWST 281
  • Recommended Prep: HWST 110 and HWST 107

Stargazing laboratory to accompany HWST 281. Repeatable one time. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of HWST 281L, the student will be able to:

  • Apply practical knowledge of traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian concepts of the cosmos, space, direction, and time ana now these concepts compare with Western concepts.
  • Identify and name the component parts of the star compass used by Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) trained navigators in a live setting.
  • Identify and name (both Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian names) the four star lines used by contemporary Hawaiian wayfinders in a live setting.
  • Identify and name the stars and constellations that make up me individual star lines in a live setting.
  • Identity and explain the declination of each star and how they relate to significant places in broader Polynesia.
  • Apply knowledge of the stories, both traditional and contemporary, that are attached to the stars, constellations and star lines used by wayfinding navigators in a live setting.
  • Identity and explain significance of celestial bodies and atmospheric and oceanic features and conditions used in navigation a weather prediction in a live setting.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of non-instniment and instrument-aided navigation and weather in a live setting.

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