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Understanding Hawaiian Religion

Rel 205
Fall Semester 1996

Instructor: John Charlot
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Department of Religion
Sakamaki A-307
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
Telephone: 956-6848


August 27 - 29: Introduction
E. S. C. Handy and M. K. Pukui: The Polynesian Family System in Ka'u, Hawai'i
J. Charlot: packet of articles on Hawaiian religion. These articles are on the subjects studied in class. Please read them in advance for the appropriate section.

September 3 - 10: The Religion of the People of the Land
S. H. Elbert: Selections from Fornander's, pp. 6 - 31.
"Relating to Wakaina"
"Waawaaikinaaupo and Waawaaikinaauao"
"The Man who Wanted to Eat Squid"
"The Result of Stinginess"
"The Water of the Gods"
"Kane and Ku"
Farmer's chant from Samuel M. Kamakau: The Works of the People of Old

September 12 - 24: Education and Professions
M. Nakuina: The Wind Gourd of La'amaomao
J. S. Emerson: "Selections from a Kahuna's Book of Prayers"

September 26 - October 1: Hula
from J. S. Emerson: "Legends and Cradle Song"
from N. B. Emerson: Unwritten Literature of Hawaii.

October 3 - 15: Pele and Kamapua'a
S. H. Elbert: Selections from Fornander's, pp. 196 - 249.
"Coming of Pele"
Hulihia chants from N. B. Emerson: Pele and Hiiaka

October 17: Midterm take-home examination, started in class and due at the beginning of class October 22. Lateness will be penalized by the loss of half a grade.

October 22 - November 7: The Kumulipo
M. W. Beckwith: The Kumulipo

November 12 - 14: Chiefs, Priests, and Law
S. H. Elbert: Selections from Fornander's, pp. 32 - 195.
J. Charlot: "Uses of Kapu and Kanawai in Hawaiian Literature"
"The Despotic Chiefs of Kau"

November 19 - 26: Religion and Politics
"Welcome Chant for Kamehameha"
Kamamalu: Ue Helu
National Anthems
Kaulana Na Pua

December 3 - 5: Hawaiian Religion and Christianity
"Hewahewa's Prayer"
"Genealogy of the First-from-the-Intense Darkness"
David Malo pamphlet.

December 10: General Discussion

December 12: Take-home final examination, due on Monday, December 16. Hand your completed essays to me or to the secretary or the student helper of the Religion Department, Sakamaki A-311.

Each examination will consist of two questions: the interpretation of a text and the discussion of a general subject.

20% for each question on the midterm examination
25% for each question on the final examination
10% for class participation

Two unexcused absences will result in the loss of half a grade.

According to departmental policy, incompletes will be given only for extraordinary reasons, such as health problems.


Photocopies are available at the copy shop of the Campus Center.

Packet 1: "Class Texts for Religion 205."

Packet 2: John Charlot: "Selected Articles on Hawaiian Religion."

Martha W. Beckwith: The Kumulipo: A Hawaiian Creation Chant.

S. H. Elbert: Selections from Fornander's Hawaiian Antiquities and Folk-Lore.

Handy, E. S. Craighill, and Pukui, Mary Kawena: The Polynesian Family System in Ka'u, Hawai'i.

Moses K. Nakuina: The Wind Gourd of La'amaomao.


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