Hawaiian Studies


Hiki mai e nā pua i ka Lāʻie

Ke piʻi aʻela i ka mauna kiʻekiʻe

Haʻa mai nā kama me ka makua

He wehi pūlama a o ke kupuna

E kaʻi mai ana, e kaʻi mai ana

E hahai i ka leo o ka Haku ē

E Komo Mai / Welcome


 The mission of the Hawaiian Studies department is to provide the kahua (foundation) which connects the University with our kupuna (ancestors) of the ʻāina (land) of Lāʻie and Hawaiʻi.  Additionally to support and complement the goals of the University through its program in language and culture, which include art, music, history, hula and chant.  The curriculum of the Hawaiian Studies department teach kuleana (stewardship) for ka ʻāina (the land), through utilizing our beloved Kahuaola and its loʻi (taro patch).  In addition, students will learn kuleana for ke kai (the sea) through our beautiful 57 foot waʻakaulua (double hull voyaging canoe) Iosepa.  The Hawaiian Studies curriculum stimulates creativity, intellectual growth, and performance skills with critical thinking, producing individuals who are prepared for family, community, and church service.  Students will be prepared to function successfully in a chosen profession as individuals who are equipped for problem-solving and shared decision-making through open communication in the contemporary global environment. Furthermore, the Hawaiian Studies program prepares students to be fluent in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language).  Students will be able to use ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi socially as well as professionally.

Expected Student Outcomes

  1.  Students will be able to demonstrate greater awareness, understanding, and appresiation of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands in relationship to a global perspective.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language)..
  3. Students graduating from the program will complete a successful, integrative internship under supervision as well as additional special projects and courses.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi by maintaining a C or better grade.
  5. Students graduating will demonstrate satisfaction with services as well as make recommedations to improve the program.
  6. Graduating students will be able to find employment or pursue studies and be successful as a contributing member of society.
  7. Strengthen the curriculum, including its unique features, such as Iosepa, the waʻakaulua, and Kahuaola (location of the loʻi), in order to promote the program and increase the number of majors by 10%. 

Nā Kekelē A Me Nā Papahana / Degrees and Programs

B.A. ʻIke Hawaiʻi / B.A. in Hawaiian Studies

Māhele Kālele ʻOlelo A Me Nohona / Emphasis in Language and Cultural Studies

Māhele Pōkole ʻIke Hawaiʻi / Minor in Hawaiian Studies

Historical note for HIKI MAI E NĀ PUA: This mele kaʻi was haku ʻia by Cy M. Bridges for the Pioneers of the Pacific Celebration held at BYU-Hawaiʻi October 7-11, 1997.