HWST 140: Mahi‘ai I - Hawaiian Cultivation Practices

Credits 3 Class Hours3 lecture

For the past 2,000 years taro, or kalo, has been the main staple and most important food of the Hawaiian people. It has also played a very important role in the beliefs and daily lives of Hawaiians. This course will study the cultural link between the Hawaiians and kalo through the study of traditional cultivation, maintenance, and processing methods used by the Hawaiians. This will occur in conjunction with hands-on experience.


Qualified for ENG 100. "C" or higher in HWST 107.

Semester Offered Fall, Spring
Diversification: Humanities — DH
Graduation Requirement: Pacific Cultures — PC
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Explain the connection between Hawaiians and kalo.
  2. Identify and describe at least three varieties of Hawaiian taro.
  3. Maintain and propagate kalo in a healthy and nurturing environment.