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IS 160A: Polynesian Voyaging and Seamanship (3 credits)

Course Description

This course focuses on the fundamentals of voyaging and seamanship by blending the traditions of Polynesian culture, history and skills with modern science and technology. An interdisciplinary approach is used in treating topics in Hawaiian studies, astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology, marine biology, ethnobotany and archaeology of Polynesia and Hawai‘i. (3 hours lecture)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the basic geography of Polynesia.
  • Apply the fundamental concepts in positional astronomy (including the seasons) and identify of two of the four recognized star lines used for navigation.
  • Explain the basic principals in wayfinding (non-instrument navigation).

Degrees and Certificates

For transfer information within the UH system, visit the System Transfer page


Classes Offered

  • Fall 2014 - T, 5:30pm to 8:15pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 133, Joseph Ciotti - CRN: 62203
  • Fall 2013 - M, 1:00pm to 2:15pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 117, Joseph Ciotti - CRN: 64343
  • Fall 2012 - MW, 2:30pm to 3:45pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 133, Joseph Ciotti - CRN: 61500 - view syllabus
  • Fall 2010 - MF, 1:30pm to 2:45pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 133, Liko Hoe - CRN: 60325 - view syllabus
  • Fall 2008 - MW, 3:00pm to 4:15pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 133, Liko Hoe - CRN: 64273
  • Fall 2004 - MW, 4:45pm to 6:00pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 133, Joseph Ciotti - CRN: 61040
  • Fall 2002 - MW, 4:45pm to 6:00pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 133, Joseph Ciotti - CRN: 6502


page last updated: April 28, 2014

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