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IS 260A: Polynesian Voyaging and Stewardship (3 credits)

Course Description

This course focuses on the fundamentals of voyaging and the impact of human activity on the environment of Hawai‘i, with emphasis on Kāne‘ohe Bay and the Windward coast. An interdisciplinary approach is used in blending the traditions of Polynesian culture, history and skills with modern science and technology. Topics covered include Hawaiian studies, astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology, marine biology, ethnobotany and archaeology of Polynesia and Hawai‘i.

Pre-Requisite(s): Credit for IS 160A or IS 160B or consent of instructor.


Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify the remaining two of the four recognized star lines used for navigation.
  • Contrast and compare wayfinding, celestial navigation and GPS.
  • Discuss and explain the lunar phases and the causes and effects of tides.
  • Explain and apply the physics of sailing, as related to Bernoulli's principle and Newtonian physics.
  • Discuss the settlement of Hawai‘i with emphasis on the Kane‘ohe Bay area, including place names and voyaging chiefs.
  • Apply the basic concepts in oceanography and meteorology, especially of the Pacific area.
  • Apply basic sailing and navigational skills to prepare and carry out a sail plan.

Degrees and Certificates

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


Resources


Classes Offered

  • Spring 2015 - T, 5:30pm to 8:15pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 133, Joseph Ciotti - CRN: 63428
  • Spring 2013 - M, 2:30pm to 3:45pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 117, Joseph Ciotti - CRN: 62385 - view syllabus
  • Spring 2009 - MW, 3:00pm to 4:25pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 113, Liko Hoe - CRN: 60294 - view syllabus
  • Spring 2005 - MW, 4:45pm to 6:00pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 133, Joseph Ciotti - CRN: 62125
  • Spring 2003 - MW, 4:45pm to 6:00pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 133, Floyd McCoy - CRN: 35549

 

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