HWST 270: Hawaiian Mythology

Credits 3 Class Hours3 lecture

HWST 270 is an introduction to Hawaiian mythology and mo‘olelo as a basis of understanding (or a reflection) of Hawaiian culture, values, metaphor, and worldviews. This course will investigate and analyze oral and written Hawaiian literary sources and the roles of akua, ‘aumakua, kupua and kanaka.


"C" or higher in either HAW 101 or HWST 107.

Semester Offered Fall, Spring
Diversification: Literatures — DL
Graduation Requirement: Pacific Cultures — PC
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Identify and utilize written and oral sources of Hawaiian mo‘olelo (mythology).
  2. Analyze the relationship between Hawaiian mo‘olelo (mythologies) and Hawaiian worldview, including Hawaiian cultural values and traditions.
  3. Employ the terminology of literary and/or cultural analysis to the study of Hawaiian mo‘olelo (mythology).
  4. Describe akua (deities), kupua (deities), ‘aumakua (ancestral family deities), and kanaka (humans) and their various forms from Hawaiian mo‘olelo (mythology).