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Ke Kekelē Laepua ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

Undergraduate Study
BA Degree in Hawaiian Program
Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of a B.A. in Hawaiian, students should be able to:

  • Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions on more abstract topics at an advanced level of fluency and accuracy. (Speaking)

  • Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners at an advanced level of fluency and accuracy. (Speaking)

  • Understand and interpret spoken Hawaiian at an advanced level on a variety of topics beyond the immediacy of the situation. (Listening Comprehension)

  • Comprehend and interpret a wide variety of texts written in Hawaiian that are more conceptually abstract and linguistically complex, and/or texts that focus on unfamiliar topics and situations (e.g. primary source materials like literature, poetry, newspaper articles written by native speakers of Hawaiian). (Reading Comprehension)

  • Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of readers in a variety of more lengthy written forms about a number of possible topics using advanced vocabulary, expressions, and structures. (Writing)

  • Deepen understanding of and respect for the Hawaiian culture and its people through the study of unique practices, perspectives, issues, and products of the culture that are expressed through and embedded in the Hawaiian language. (Culture, Comparisons & Connections and Communities)

  • Continue to develop insight into the nature of language and culture by comparing Hawaiian language and culture to other languages and cultures. (Culture, Comparisons & Connections and Communities)

  • Expand and broaden appropriate application of Hawaiian language and culture in authentic settings within and beyond the classroom in order to connect to other disciplines, contexts, and domains, access information, and interact with others in the Hawaiian language community. (Culture, Comparisons & Connections and Communities)


Students pursuing a BA in Hawaiian must complete 120 non-repeated credit hours, including the General Education Requirements (see the “Undergraduate General Education Requirements” section), Hawai‘inuiakea undergraduate school requirements, and Hawaiian major requirements.

School Requirements

In addition to completing major requirements, all undergraduate majors of Hawai‘inuiakea (HAW, HWST, double, and concurrent majors) must complete the following 15 credits of school required course work from both Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language that represent the foundation of our field of Hawaiian knowledge and also fulfill General Education Requirements of UH Mānoa. These school requirements do not apply to students pursuing a minor or certificate in Hawaiian.

  • HWST 107

  • HAW 270

  • HAW 100, 301, 302 with a GPA of 3.0 or better

Major Requirements

  • GPA of 2.0 in all UH Manoa registered credit hours

  • 33 credit hours above HAW 202 with a GPA of 3.0 or better, including:

  • 24 core credits:
    – HAW 321, 331, 332, 401, 402, 433, and 452
    – 1 course (3 credits) from this list of mele (poetry, song, dance, chant) courses: HAW 383, 384, 427, 483, or 484

  • 9 electives credits: HAW 345, 373, 383, 384, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 434, 435B, 435C, 445, 453, 454, 462B, 462C, 462D, 463, 466, 470, 483, 484, 485, 486, 488, 490, and 499

  • A maximum of 3 credit hours from HAW 284, MAO 102, SAM 102, TAHT 104, MUS 312, 412, 413, SLS 430, LLEA 371, LING 445 may be counted towards the electives.

  • If majors choose to take a repeatable HAW class for a second time (HAW 321, 345, 383, 433, 470, 485, 486, 499), the highest grade and credits will be counted towards the major while the lower grade and credits will only count towards their UH electives, NOT the major.

  • Students must earn a grade of C or better for all Hawaiian Language courses that serve as prerequisites for other Hawaiian Language courses. Students who do not meet this requirement will not be permitted to register for the next level of Hawaiian Language.

  • For Hawaiian Language majors, a grade of B- or better is required for 300-400 level Hawaiian courses counted towards the Hawaiian Language major.

  • Students admitted to the BA program prior to Fall 2015 should consult an advisor to review changes that may affect their programs.

  • For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to programsheets/.

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