Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

HWST 282 - Ho‘Okele II: Hawaiian Navigation, Weather, Canoe Design And Sail (3)

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

Hawaiian Navigation and Voyaging introduces students to traditional knowledge of Hawaiian voyaging and navigation and to the modern revival of voyaging arts in Hawai‘i and the Pacifi c through a survey of history of navigation; introduction of skills needed to navigate double hulled voyaging canoes; survey of canoe design in Hawai‘i and the Pacific, introduction of sailing dynamics; overview of weather and sea conditions in Hawai‘i and the Pacific; introduction to sail planning including dead reckoning, steering by the stars, and other methods used by traditional navigators. The course places Hawaiian navigation and voyaging in the context of Polynesian and Pacific cultures and the pre-European discovery and settlement of the Pacific islands and its application in the contemporary Pacific. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of HWST 282, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize and explain the shared elements, conflicts, and affirmations in indigenous traditions of voyaging in Hawaii and the Pacific, from pre-European contact to the revival of voyaging arts in modem times.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the voyages of Hokulea and other modem Pacific canoes and what has been learned from such voyages about traditional navigation, voyaging, and migration routes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Pacific-wide cross.cultural exchanges that are taking place in the modem revival of Hawaiian voyaging.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian concepts of the cosmos, space, direction, and time and how these concepts compare with Western concepts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of non-instrument navigation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of traditional concepts of wind and weather and non-instrument weather forecasting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of voyaging canoe design and building materials, techniques, and protocols.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of provisioning for traditional and modem voyages.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Hawaiian and Polynesian voyaging traditions and voyagers and the cultural perspectives, values, and world views they represent; explain by comparison and contrast these cultural perspectives, values, and world views to those of contemporary West societies.
  • Critically examine and explain oral traditions and modern theories and facts about the discovery and settlement of Hawaii and other Pacific islands.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Pacific geography, weather systems, and oceanic currents and conditions, as related to the discovery and settlement of the Pacific islands.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of voyaging in the revival of native Hawaiian culture and education in modern times.

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