This course studies prehistoric Hawaiian culture through legendary, archaeological, ethnographic, and historic sources. Prehistory of Hawai‘i is designed for the layperson who is interested in a general course on the culture of Hawai‘i prior to 1778. This course also focuses on the early human use of and adaptation to the geography and environment of these islands.
- Identify and define basic terms related to the field of anthropology.
- Explain how pre-contact society adapted to their environment and utilized their natural resources through sustainable practices.
- Apply traditional Hawaiian customs learned in the classroom and use them towards meaningful application in today's world.
- Identify and describe kinship, political, economical, societal, and religious structures in pre-contact Hawaiʻi.
- Discuss ethical issues and best practices related to the study of Hawaiian prehistory.