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Instructor: Elisabeth Kaiama

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Elisabeth Kaiama: HWST107, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Hawaiian Studies
Course: HWST 107 - Hawaii: Center of the Pacific Crn (Section): 84883 (004)     84885 (007)     81437 (010)     84888 (014)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.7 23 0.88 Freq(%) 12 (52%) 6 (29%) 3 (13%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.78 23 0.42 Freq(%) 5 (22%) 18 (69%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 23 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (18%) 24 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 22 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (27%) 21 (81%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 22 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 19 (83%)
6. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 22 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (22%) 9 (41%) 12 (57%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 22 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (27%) 17 (81%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 23 (100%)
9. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 21 0.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 20 (95%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 26 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 6 (27%) 15 (71%)
11. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 22 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 21 (100%)
12. The instructor was able to stimulate and lead group discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 23 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (90%)
13. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 21 (100%)
14. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 25 (96%)
15. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
She was passionate, friendly and understanding.
less lecture, better study sessions before tests
Clearer map quiz number 2!
I really like the course.
Different test format
None, the current teaching method is very effective.
more activities like how we did the Hawaiian makahiki games, were very fun. I think it would be more interesting to have hands on experience in the class.
- too much material in some classes while not enough in others - speaking a little slower would help a lot
One of the best instructors I've encountered in 3 years. I have been inspired by Kumu Mehana on every level.I have changed my 2nd language choice as a result of her teaching methods.
She's very intelligent. No further suggestions
Teach pronunciation of words more, difficult time remembering.
Overall I think that this class was really good and the teacher really knew what she was doing and able to work smoothly with her students.
I thought her teaching style and methods were great and it made it fun and exciting to go to class.
keep doing what your doing. It was a great class. I think one of the most important things she did was really break down the events/info so that it was easy to follow. I also really liked the materials she brought in. That was really cool. If anything, maybe bring more materials to class.
None, she has obviously perfected her teaching method for this course!
Some of the topics were a little confusing. Maybe go in depth a little more on some of the more confusing topics.
Nothing, keep up the good work kumu
I think her teaching methods are spot on. I do not have any suggestions for improvement.
I think the course was the greatest and I loved it. I would not change anything about the course at all.
I didn't always have access to a computer, which made doing the assigned readings very difficult. I also wish that the "Service Learning Project" had been during a class time, or not be required. My schedule makes it impossible to plan for things like that in advance; I had to use a vacation day at work so that I could complete this assignment, when I wanted to save all those for my sister's wedding.
I like debates! Maybe have some mock debates in da future
nothing i can think of
More assignments and the tests should be shorter than 100 questions. Also her slide format for laulima never works.
I really enjoyed this class and can't think of any ways to improve it.
interesting class, more activities, group projects/in class projects
I really enjoyed taking this course because the professor knew her stuff, was enthusiastic and has a very good interactive teaching style.
Be a little less vague with assignments and questions on exam :)
none, she taught the course very effectively
I think her teaching style was great. She was a great teacher and ver passionate about Hawai'i and its culture.
Regarding the map quizzes, maybe projecting the map onto the board would be less hectic than flipping back and forth.
Good teacher
Exam style should be easier for students to enjoy the topics rather than get frustrated by not knowing spelling or certain words in hawaiian.
Great teacher!!! I enjoy her class and she has taught me many new things.
I think that this course was well put together. I think for preparing for midterms I personally would have liked an entire class period or even half of a class period to review in groups and also as a whole class.
Everything was fine with the exception of maneuverability of laulima.
Students choose which topic they want to do for final project Videos in class weren't really significant
I can't think of anything. She is extraordinary.
I felt the class was awesome
No suggestions, great teacher!!
I think everything was great in this class. I cannot think of any improvements needed for this class because it was perfect.
She did great I cannot think of anything she needs to improve
n/a, I thought this class was taught well. If anything, maybe a few more group activities. But other than that, I enjoyed this class.
I personally was not very motivated to do the readings that were assigned.(but I still did them) If there were a short reading quiz highlighting the main points of the reading, I would be more motivated to read them.
Great class! I learned so much. Mahalo
None. The course is good as is.
I thought the class was great. I like the group activities, so maybe try to incorporate more of those if you can to get students even more active in the class :)
Nothing, she's great!
she was a great teacher there is nothing I can think of to improve the class
when getting emails about, some instructions are sometimes unclear. maybe can make topics more interesting.
I loved your class so much. I learned so much about not only Hawaiian culture, but about the US as well. You have helped me to see things in an entirely different light and I am forever grateful.
Simplifying the lecture slides a little would be helpful.
Maybe have more student discussion opportunities in each unit.
Nothing, she was amazing.
I wouldn't change anything really.
16. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Good teacher
Great class:)
That she is a great teacher and the class is very interesting.
Enjoyed class. Professor was knowledgable
Mehana is a very passionate and well aware teacher of her culture and HWST.
She's a great teacher. Very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and fair.
loved the end research topic and learning about current issues. sparked my interest in politics and what's happening in hawaii. awesome course. learned a lot. you are very passionate about your culture and i admire that.
I really like her and if she taught anything outside of Hawaiian studies I would take her class.
Great teacher!!!
She's a very good teacher in this subject
She is just a caring, strong, and fun spirited professor. I really enjoyed going to class because she always knew how to grab the students attention. She was very helpful in me passing the class and was always providing us with the support and help we needed at times.
Professor Ka'iama really strives to know all of her students. She has a sincere concern for the students as well as her field of study. She went above and beyond to help us immerse ourselves in the coursework.
She was an excellent professor and would recommend my friends to take her class in future senesters!
I really enjoyed the visuals. It brought the material to life and I remembered it better.
Outstanding, simply outstanding.
She is a great teacher! I would highly recommend taking her for Hawaiian Studies. She is professional, organized, approachable, and outgoing. The test material is repeared in lecture many times and grades are assigned fair.
She's very intelligent. No further suggestions
Really outstanding instructor! I would highly recommend other students to take this course with her. I learned a lot from the course, and I really enjoyed the class from the first day of instruction.
Great teacher. Very passionate about what she taught us. Communicated the information efficiently and kept the class involved and teaching.
She was very good and able to contribute a lot for the class. She was flexible, but not too flexible and really knew what she was teaching us. She made everyone contribute to the class and the lectures were not too bad to sit through!
I evaluate Kumu Mehana as a great professor! The class was very understandable because she made everything clear. Great class and great teacher!
Overall, One of the best teachers that I ever had. She taught with great knowledge and a lot of enthusiasm. It was really great to learn from such a passionate teacher. She further inspired me about the Hawaiian culture. I really enjoyed this course and I would recommend her to anyone who asks about this class.
Amazing teacher. Her course was enjoyable, informative, and engaging so I always looked forward to it.
She was a great instructor. Easy to ask her questions and talk about class.
Love love loved it
One of the best professors on campus. Very passionate and knowledgeable about the course material. Provided a lot of material for students, always friendly and prompt with answering emails/questions, direct and straight forward with teaching, up to date with everything and always made sure that students were keeping up.
She is a great professor and her knowledge is greatly. Her teaching skills are some of the best I ever had. Clear on material and information. She stays connected with every assignment and tests. I learned a lot from her and have a better understanding for the Hawaiian culture.
Great! She was the most organized, laulima friendly, well-structured, professor I've ever had at UH Manoa. This resulted in the most effective learning environment I think I've ever had here.
Awesome Professor
She is a great teacher and connects well with students individually.
She is very passionate about what she does and she cares about her students, making a lot of effort to give extra credit to those in need of it.
I really liked how she was very enthusiastic about teaching. Each day she had a very positive attitude that influenced students to want to learn. Lectures were also very interesting in incorporating videos, pictures, and lots of interesting important facts. I gained a lot of knowledge throughout this course. She was also very easy to talk to and created many opportunities for us to succeed. She's a very nice teacher that cared about her students and education.
good teacher, interesting class
she is a very good professor. I will reccommend anyone to take her hwst 107 class
I really enjoyed taking this course because the professor knew her stuff, was enthusiastic and has a very good interactive teaching style.
a very good enthusiastic teacher
Awesome! I learned so much in her class. I wish i had did better on some of her exams, but after the exams i retained so much of the information. Her teachings make me proud to live in Hawai'i.
She is a wonderful teacher who is well-informed of her topics and wants to spread the knowledge and culture of Hawaii.
She was an amazing professor overall, knew the material with a passion and enjoys teaching. She's incredibly nice and well spoken, I enjoyed the class because of her.
Very well taught class that was interesting and had information that is useful in normal life.
I had a really great experience. The course wasn't too hard, but you had to try. Very fair.
Good teacher and funny
It is extremely clear that Kumu has passion and knowledge of the material. I also found her teaching style to be extremely effective and engaging.
Great, she is a knowledgeable teacher who cares about the land we live in.
Enthusiastic about hawaiian topics and global issues. Passionate about her heritage & opinions.
Great teacher and I would recommend her to future students.
I think she is a very knowledgable, passionate teacher. She makes Hawaiian studies interesting to learn about and I always look forward to coming to class with her. She conveys all issues in such a way to get everyone to keep an open mind and think about them. She voices her opinions clearly, yet never seems threatening. Overall, she is an amazing teacher for this course!!
Professor Kaiama is very passionate about Hawaiian studies and her lectures are in depth and very knowledgeable. She is an overall well rounded professor. I was very impressed and moved with her passion.
She was an awesome teacher! She was very organized and easy to understand. She broke everything down and made it simple for use as students to understand her.
Great instructor with the capability to help students understand Hawaiian Culture and issues even if they had no previous knowledge. Doesn't overpower the students and pulls students into the discussion with ease.
GREAT! Fun, thought provoking professor!
I loved this class and how interacting and interesting it was. It wasnt so much lecture, but kind of like interesting stories that made things easier to understand and things were related to us so we could understand the material.
Kumu Kaiama is an extraordinary teacher. She utilizes technology and is well informed of all the subjects that we study. She has a timely agenda and keeps with it. In the short time that we were in class we learned so much and most of which we didn't know anything about. I for one as a local resident was appalled by some of the on goings in our own state. Show provided us with information that we can use in our future choices as Hawaii residents. She has inspired us to be curious and to do our research to make better decisions in our lives and for the communities well being and the sustainability of the land and the ocean. It was a totally awesome course because of her.
She was an inspiring teacher, I'm glad I got the chance to take this class.
Awesome! Lectures are very interesting, she keeps everyone involved in class, very friendly and has a great knowledge of the course content. She is a fair grader, gives a lot of extra credit opportunity.
That she is an amazing teacher, she is very passionate about the Hawaiian Culture and it rubs off on the students as well. Everyday i leave class knowing that i have learned something new. It makes me very passionate about the Hawaiian Culture. I would definitely recommend this course to any student.
Awesome!!! Kumu Mehana is super knowledgable, passionate, organized, and very easy to communicate with.
She is a great teacher and I would recommend her to everyone. I think there was no flaw in her teaching style and I enjoyed this class very much.
Great Teacher
She is a very good teacher, and is very enthusiastic about teaching this course.
She is very passionate about this subject, and she is quite knowledgeable.
great instructor
Kumu was very passionate about the material and that led me to be more engaged throughout the course. She is very knowledgeable about the material and loves to teach.
Excellent ! Very engaging teacher and tells experiences to relate
very knowledgeable about the subjects and very enthusiastic about teaching and had present day examples of how the hawaiian culture is still used today
This course was extremely interesting because the lectures were very engaging and felt more like "story time" than an actual class, which makes memorizing the material much easier because the materials and ideas stay in your head longer
She taught the course very well. She is always enthusiastic about the material and clearly explains each unit in an interesting way. I had fun learning in her class.
She was the bomb dot com!
great teacher. very likeable and knowledgable in her field. made the class fun
Kumu is a great teacher who knows what she is talking about.
very knowledgeable
She was a very good teacher that stated both sides of the course, the pros and the cons and how people from both sides would see materials, even if she leaned towards one side more.
Very good. Very enthusiastic and bright. Makes it easy to approach the teacher and ask for help and advice. Tests kinda hard.
She is an amazing teacher and she really shows that she wants to teach and she wants every student to succeed. She is very enthusiastic and it shows that she loves what she does.
This was a great class taught by an amazing teacher. She is very passionate about this topic and it shows.
she is very passionate about the topics. While some classes cause for discussion and opinions, she is very encouraging for everyone to share and makes all feel welcome
A great, engaging teacher who is well versed in her subject matter.
17. Directions for assignments are clear and specific.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 8 (36%) 15 (65%)
18. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 22 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 1 (4%) 2 (10%) 8 (36%) 16 (70%)
19. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 22 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (9%) 23 (88%)
20. The course is so conducted that I know on a daily/weekly basis what is expected of me.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 22 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 4 (17%) 15 (71%)
21. Audiovisual materials (or computers) used in this course contributed significantly to my learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 23 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (18%) 4 (17%) 14 (67%)
22. Other comments:
plenty of extra credit, no reason not to get an A in this course
Great teacher!!!
I loved Kaiama's class!
Kepp up the good work Kumu, If all intructors and professor were as inspiring, the world would be a better place or at least smarter.
We often watched videos related to other Pacific countries and their histories and culture. I would rather we had watched videos directly centered in Hawaii to complement the Hawaii focus of the class.
Awesome class, awesome teacher!
Great class. Learned a lot and I enjoyed being there.
Thanks for a great semester! I looked forward to this class every time!
Easy to look at. :)
I hope to take another course taken by Kaiama because I loved her class the enivronment she puts you in and the fact she is a great and understanding professor.
Mahalo nui loa!
I learned in this class but I was not a fan of the grading rubric.
This is a really good class and I'm glad to have taken it.
This was one of my favorite classes this semester. I really enjoyed her style of teaching because she was always very enthusiastic about teaching and knew a lot about the topic.
Great course!!!
thank you!!!
Good teacher
Thank you for all the knowledge that you have given to me. You have inspired me to think about where I reside and live and be more culturally aware of Hawaiians, their religion, and the 'aina.
Her enthusiasm for the subject is evident in her teachings and sometimes quite contagious. It has been a pleasure having her for my kumu.
Awesome awesome awesome!
Great course and great teacher. I learned a lot!
I really enjoyed the service learning project
Mahalo for being my kumu and making this class fun!
I really enjoyed this course and am glad that I decided to take it.
Thank you
Although I don't personally care for the class, it has nothing to do with the teacher, in fact she makes it tolerable even to those who don't like the subject matter.