Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

HWST 284 - He Moku He Wa'a: An Island is a Canoe

  • Prerequisite: ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100
  • Recommended Prep: HWST 107, HWST 282
  • Comment: Students will demonstrate basic swimming and will be provided personal flotation devices if unable to demonstrate basic swimming. Students should have the ability to jump onto the deck of a boat that is 1-2 feet below the pier level. Some heavy lifting (e.g. lifting an anchor) may be required.

This course explores the metaphor of an island being a canoe through a survey of traditional resource management in Hawai‘i, its relevance in contemporary society and a survey of voyaging including noninstrument navigation, sail planning and skills needed to sail double hulled canoes. This course also provides students with hands-on experience in voyaging and malama ‘aina and examining the connections between the two. Students may enroll 2 times for a maximum of 6 credits. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of HWST 284, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize and explain the significance of aloha aina (love of the land) as a core value of traditional Hawaiian society.
  • Critically examine and analyze traditional resource management and food production in Hawai’i and their relevance in addressing contemporary environmental issues in Hawai’i and Oceania.
  • Identify some Native and Polynesian-introduced plants and explain traditional uses of these plants.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the voyages of Hokulea and other modern Oceanic canoes and what has been learned from such voyages about traditional navigation and voyaging.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts of non-instrument navigation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the parts of a voyaging canoe, canoe rigging, and safety and emergency procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of developing and carrying out a sail plan which include: course strategy, reference course, and necessary provisions.

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