HWST 270: Hawaiian Mythology (3 credits)

Course Description

A survey of gods, ‘aumakua, kupua, mythical heroes, heroines and their kinolau as the basis of traditional Hawaiian metaphor. (3 hours lecture)

Pre-Requisite(s): Credit for HWST 107 or HAW 102.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Evaluate and analyze the relationship between Hawaiian mo‘olelo, Hawaiian religion, and Hawaiian social structure.
  • Analyze how Hawaiian mo‘olelo illustrate and set precedents for Hawaiian cultural values.
  • Compare and contrast Hawaiian and Western concepts of 'history' and 'myth'.
  • Identify and access major written and oral sources for Hawaiian mo‘olelo.
  • Recount with details at least one Hawaiian mo‘olelo and illustrate similarities with others.
  • Describe and classify different characters from Hawaiian mo‘olelo.

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