HWST 281 : Hoʻokele I : Hawaiian Astronomy and Weather



Class Hours

Class Hours3 lecture


Qualified for ENG 100S. Qualified for MATH 82X or "C" or higher or concurrent enrollment in MATH 75X.

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring


This course is a survey of the Hawaiian and Polynesian environment in relationship to migration, voyaging, and folklore. This course will provide the student with the basics of wayfinding (or non-instrument) techniques as utilized by the voyages of Hōkūle‘a, Hawai‘i Loa, Makali‘i, and other Polynesian voyaging canoes. In addition, the class will explore and appreciate the cultural impact of long distance voyaging and the settlement of Polynesia upon contemporary society.


Diversification: Humanities — DH
Graduation Requirement: Pacific Cultures — PC