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Instructor: David Sai

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HWST107, Fall 2014
HWST255, Fall 2014
HWST255, Fall 2014
HWST107, Fall 2011

David Sai: HWST107, Fall 2014

Campus: Windward Community College Department: Arts & Humanities
Course: HWST 107 - Hawai'i: Center of the Pacific Crn (Section): 62342 (0)    
1. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
2. The instructor clearly explains course procedures (attendance, assignments, exams, etc.).
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
3. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
4. The instructor is well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
5. The instructor is available for help outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 0 (0%) 7 (70%)
6. The instructor clearly explains the goals, objectives, and overall purpose of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
7. The instructor speaks clearly and is easy to understand.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
8. The instructor makes good use of examples in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
9. The instructor appears to know his or her subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
10. The instructor effectively uses the blackboard, films, pictures, computers, slides, or other aids.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
11. The instructor allows time for questions and encourages them.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
12. The instructor is interested in the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
13. The instructor is willing to help with individual problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 7 (70%)
14. The instructor grades tests fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
15. The instructor clearly explains the grading system.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
16. Overall, the instructor is a very good teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
17. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
18. The instructor makes the material interesting.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
19. The instructor makes the student want to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
20. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 5 (50%)
21. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Not only does he show concern for students, he goes out into the community to help others too.
He posts things promptly every week and encourages online class discussion
He always made sure we got a chance to makeup our work if we were having issues and always commented on the quality of our work.
He made necessary adjustments to the schedule to allow correct technical difficulties.
He really cares about the subject matter.
Through e-mail he is able to send info. if any of us are having problems, then he is willing to help.
N/A
22. What did you especially like/dislike about the way the instructor taught this course?
He always had all the material we needed, very prepared, and gave us a lot of time to know our material. The one thing I disliked was, when looking through the material he provided us with to do our work, just locating it was a little disorganized, but it still was manageable.
I loved how it was organized and there weren't weekly quizzes about material. It made everything much easier and that was great.
Dr. Sai is very enthusiastic about the material being taught, he knows it well and gave us lots of resources to pique our interests.
I liked that all assignments were available from the beginning of the semester. The videos was relevant and captivating. The text brought up a lot of frustration, unfairness, anger even, but totally relevant to the course. I really like when I'm able to get involved with assignments emotionally and not just mentally. Dr. Sai was able to provide such an avenue to connectedness.
I liked how how he used other methods of teaching, not just textbook (i.e.utube, video, & PowerPoint.)
I like how everything was easy to access online, especially his exams, I like how they were open notes, and re- takable, as well as a three day period to do.
Enjoyed the reading assignments every week and all of the videos. I did have some questions, but saw that they were never answered.
His way of teaching was simple and organized. he really made us think about the true history behind Hawaii using primary sources and not by hear say.
23. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
He has brought a whole other level of understanding about Hawaii, and I'm very grateful he was my professor.
Mr. Sai is very informative about the Hawaiian Culture and although he moved quickly between topics, he made sure they were understood well.
n/a
I understand that Dr. Sai is a very busy professor, but he's also understanding of students struggles and is able to accommodate student needs and provide the necessary support to complete assignments.
He is very knowledgeable and knows a lot about what he is teaching, as well as experienced.
24. Would you recommend this instructor to other students? Why or why not?
Yes hands down he is the best! I don't think anyone else could explain the history of Hawaii better that Dr. Keanu Sai.
Yes. His course was well-organized and it was fun and highly informative and I loved it.
yes, he is extremely knowledgeable and that makes the material more interesting.
Yes. The course outline if fair, clear, and concise. Dr. Sai is understanding and supportive of the student learning experience. This course should be taught in Hawaiian History throughout high schools in this state.
Yes. He is an exceptional teacher.
yes
Yes, because you can easily learn things that i'm pretty sure you have never known about Hawaii whether born here or not.
yes I would because he teaches an interesting subject and you learn the truth about Hawaii's history.
Definitely, this class was easy not to where we had to do a lot but he made the class simple enough to where anyone could have learned a lot and not struggled in grasping key concepts within the course.
25. Other comments:
n/a
None.
Awesome teacher!!!!

David Sai: HWST255, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: Windward Community College Department: Humanities
Course: HWST 255 - Intro to the Hawaiian Kingdom Crn (Section): 62487 (0)    
1. Other comments:
Mahalo dr.sai I had an awesome semester learning from you even though I had a rough semester i enjoyed your class mahalo...
Very knowledgeable and adequately answers questions. Perhaps using a timeline as a guide with the original text from material (like treaties, constitution, etc.) would help. Direct evidence. This way it is easier to comprehend. However, sai breaks down complex material so students understand readings. He is also great in actively conversing with students rather than lectured lessons. Holomua!
This class was one of my most interesting classes and I am very happy I took it.
i would recommend keanu and this course for any one interested in hawaiian history from a political and legal point of view. awesome lecturer and content in this course. Mahalo!
I really liked this class because it taught me a lot about the political side of the story about the overthrow and what happened after and before. a really great class and I would love to take again.

David Sai: HWST255, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: Windward Community College Department: Humanities
Course: HWST 255 - Intro to the Hawaiian Kingdom Crn (Section): 62488 (0)    
1. Other comments:
David Sai is a very passionate teacher and knows his subject very well. It is an awesome subject and I learned a lot. Continue to educate the people!
Professor Sai is an amazingly bright person. He has influenced so many Hawaiians and others alike to be proud of your culture and to stand up for what you believe in. I will always follow Dr. Sai and his movement.
I really enjoyed this class and it really helped me out to understand the true facts about our Hawaiian Kingdom. I took this class for better understanding because I only knew things on a surface level, but now I have more knowledge about what is going on and who to believe and trust about these issues I have learned about. I would like to thank Dr. Keanu Sai for opening my eyes and helping me see what happened in our past and what the future holds for us Hawaiian. This is an excellent class and I would recommended it to everyone to have a better understanding and especially the Hawaiian's because we need to get educated on this subject.
Mr. Sai is an amazing teacher and really helps students to understand exactly how the ancestors of the Hawaiian Kingdom felt during the time of overthrow. I reccomend him to everyone that wants to learn the truth about the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Very informative class..I recommend to all!
Awesome class! I really enjoyed the materials presented in this class. I hope this material will be required learning for all those new to Hawaii.
Very knowledgable Kumu. Valuable information, presented in a logical and progressive manner. A little more hands-off than I would have preferred, but realize that he is busy--and in the mix-- of the struggle that is the subject matter of the class. Mahalo
This class is without question the most fascinating and informative class on Hawaiian History I have ever taken. Thank you for allowing this class to occur and providing access to students to learn this very important information about Hawaii's real history. Please continue to offer this course.
Enjoyed this class. Learned more about than what is usually taught about the overthrow and the legal issues pertaining to the Kingdom of Hawaii. Will recommend this class to others.
I am very appreciative that Dr. Sai is willing to teach this class and in an online format. Students like me, who work in the day, have no other option for formal education than at night or online. The subject matter that Dr. Sai imparts is absolutely vital for every person who lives in the Hawaiian Islands whether you are Kanaka or not. This information affects us all and it is important that truth be taught in all of our schools - preschool to university. Thank you for having him a part of the staff at WCC. This one act confirms that WCC is committed to higher education and the dissemination of truthful and accurate information regardless of personal attitudes toward the subject matter. Thank you Dr. Sai for your willingness to teach. Lastly, the information and required work assignment are clear, concise, fair and thought stimulating. Dr. Sai presents the information in a way that encourages individual discovery rather than simply listing facts and expecting students to memorize and regurgitate the information.
Lots of great info in the course. More like an upper-division course. Would be nice to see Grades to keep track of progress. Also maybe hearing a summary of each week or grading feedback.

David Sai: HWST107, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: Windward Community College Department: Arts & Humanities
Course: HWST 107 - Hawai'i: Center of the Pacific Crn (Section): 63444 (0)    
1. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
2. The instructor clearly explains course procedures (attendance, assignments, exams, etc.).
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 6 (60%)
3. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 10 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%) 4 (40%)
4. The instructor is well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 10 1.35 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%)
5. The instructor is available for help outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 10 1.51 Freq(%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%)
6. The instructor clearly explains the goals, objectives, and overall purpose of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 5 (50%)
7. The instructor speaks clearly and is easy to understand.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%)
8. The instructor answers questions clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 1.33 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%)
9. The instructor makes good use of examples in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
10. The instructor appears to know his or her subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
11. The instructor effectively uses the blackboard, films, pictures, computers, slides, or other aids.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 10 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (60%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%)
12. The instructor clearly explains complex ideas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
13. The instructor allows time for questions and encourages them.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%)
14. The instructor asks questions to see if students understand.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 10 1.32 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%) 4 (40%)
15. The instructor treats all students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
16. The instructor is interested in the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
17. The instructor is genuinely interested in students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
18. The instructor is willing to help with individual problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 10 1.48 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 5 (50%)
19. The instructor grades tests fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 6 (60%)
20. The instructor clearly explains the grading system.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
21. Overall, the instructor is a very good teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
22. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%)
23. The instructor makes the material interesting.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 6 (60%)
24. The instructor makes the student want to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%)
25. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 10 1.48 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 5 (50%)
26. How did the instructor show concern for students?
This is an online course so there is no personal contact, but in the forum students ask questions that pertain to the material we are suppose to learn and VERY rarely get a response back. Hardly interacts with the online forum
I am unable to evaluate this as the class was online and there was no interaction between students and teacher other than through laulima.
He took the time to thoroughly explain each subject being covered and also was able to answer all questions , even when he had just answered them and was asked again. he is very knowledgeable in the subject we were studying.
He told us not to take things too personally that others said and to respect each other.
He would answer question when asked.
By responding to posts on laulima. He explains both sides of the story in an argument.
He always answered emails and questions that were posted on the discussion board and was very helpful in giving tips to improve in his class.
27. What did you especially like/dislike about the way the instructor taught this course?
There is no interaction from the teacher. It is a class where you read the book and that is the only information he wants to give and the book is super confusing. When other questions are asked there is no response.
I liked the content and that David Sai insists on validation of information disseminated by both himself and the students. I didnʻt like that there was very little feedback on the weekly assignments. This made it difficult for us to gauge our progress in the class.
His thoroughness in his explanations and the depth he can go in the subject.
I liked how he provoked questions in such a way that made students really have to think and understand in order to answer the correct way.
I enjoyed this online format, I was able to the reading in my own time through out the week and then respond to the discussion post.
I liked: The knowledge and resources used to prove legal aspects. Uses his own dissertation and research to study from. I disliked: The fact that I could not dialog with him at moments notice upon doing assignments.
Everything was great. The way it was set up it sought interaction between students. If an online discussion could be added it would make this course a more lively animated discussion group.
28. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
I would like to see more course offerings taught by David Sai. I find his work interesting and educational.
I would recommend this course to students that are actually here to learn something that was previously not really talked about openly.
Wish we could have done a in class work shop or Huakaʻi.
29. Would you recommend this instructor to other students? Why or why not?
NO!!! Not enough interaction
I would recommend this class to others, who like me, need an online class. However, I do not think this is a course for incoming freshman nor for those who can take a regularly scheduled class. Keeping up with the reading and assignments in an online course like this can be time consuming and time challenging. If you are not good with time management or an independent learner, this is not the course for you.
yes, good course and very knowledgeable.
I would recommend him to other students because I learned so much from him.
Yes, and I have already recommended him.
Yes, because he is very dynamic in his teachings and very knowledgeable in what he knows. If anyone is interested in the truth about the Hawaiian Kingdomd, Kumu Sai is the person to see.
Definitely would, I thoroughly enjoyed this class and the topics discussed in general.
30. Other comments:
I think this course and the specific contents of David Saiʻs course should be a mandatory core requirement for all UH students. I think all Hawaiian Studies 107 courses should contain the same information that David Saiʻs course contains. The truth of the illegal overthrow and the continuation of the U.S. illegal occupation of our Kingdom will not be widespread nor will the U.S. be forced to concede their defeat and leave our Kingdom until the masses (both Hawaiian, American and other foreign nationals) know the truth. It all starts with education and an institute like the University of Hawaiʻi is responsible for educating the people with the truth.
It was unclear as to whether the discussion posts were graded. They were manadatory but were not included to the grad break down in the syallbus.
I LOVED THE Class - teacher was excellent and I learned alot about Hawaiian culture.