Understanding Hawaiian Religion
Fall Semester 1996
Instructor: John Charlot
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Department of Religion
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
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
S. H. Elbert: Selections from Fornander's, pp. 6 -
"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
M. Nakuina: The Wind Gourd of La'amaomao
J. S. Emerson: "Selections from a Kahuna's Book of
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
S. H. Elbert: Selections from Fornander's, pp. 196
"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
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
"The Despotic Chiefs of Kau"
November 19 - 26: Religion and
"Welcome Chant for Kamehameha"
Kamamalu: Ue Helu
Kaulana Na Pua
December 3 - 5: Hawaiian Religion and
"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
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
Packet 1: "Class Texts for Religion 205."
Packet 2: John Charlot: "Selected Articles on Hawaiian
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.
[Subject: Religion; Polynesia]