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Instructor: Marie Brown

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REL205, Fall 2014
REL495, Fall 2014
REL205, Spring 2014
REL390, Spring 2014

Marie Brown: REL205, Fall 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Religion
Course: REL 205 - Understandng Hawaiian Religion Crn (Section): 77692 (001)    
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  
2.87 15 0.99 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%) 4 (27%) 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  
1.33 15 0.49 Freq(%) 10 (67%) 5 (33%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.69 16 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (100%)
9. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
I needed extra credits and I heard this was a great class to take.
It was a culture replacement for my hawaiian/second language requirement
WI.
Major elective
Needed a culture course
Requirement for GE but I picked this class in particular because it seemed interesting.
I enrolled in this class in order to fulfill a requirement.
I chose to take this course because I was intrigued with the subject matter, and I it was also a required course for my academic schedule.
Fulfilled a focus designation and times and days it was offered
I was interested in taking a Religion class, and this one happened to fit into my schedule.
I needed credits to graduate and taught this was an interesting course. I have hear that this class was very good and that the instructor was awesome.
At first I chose this class as an elective but Professor Brown quickly grabbed my interest in the subject!
Filled focus gen ed class.
Interested in content and fulfilled requirements for graduation.
Requirement
10. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
11. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 1.02 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
12. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Everything. Learning about Hawai'i and the history behind it. Understanding my home and how everything is connected with one another.
The kinolau system.
It was a great way to understand the hawaiian concept of religion and how everything in life is connected through the hawaiian universe.
The readings in the class.
The depth of understanding I gained about the Hawaiian belief system
Kumu sometimes just likes to talk story so it made the material interesting and easier to learn.
I believe that everything about this course is valuable. As a whole, I feel that I have learned a lot more about part of my culture as well as myself.
The class helped you look for commonalities and symmetry between the evolution of life, and earth its self, and the development and evolution cultural and social
It gave me a greater appreciation for Hawai'i.
This course was very organized Ina a else that we knew exactly what to expect so that we knew what to study for, what to think about during readings, and what to observe during lecture. Nothing in this course was hidden and I valued Kumu's upfront honesty with helping us succeed in this course.
Information on Hawaiian history and belief system
Gave us readings and questions so we had to read,helped me know about the topic before class and then in class it helped to put ideas together and understand the readings more.
The instructor! Kumu Brown was probably the best professor I've had here at UH Manoa because of her incredible passion, dedication and love of not only the content of her course, but her students as well. A teacher who actually cares is a rarity on this campus and I must say that Kumu Brown blew me away with how much she put into this class emotionally. Friendly, helpful, available, knowledgeable and just plain fun are only some of the many great things about this woman. I would recommend her class to all of my peers and hope I have the opportunity to take another one of her classes at some point in my college career! Thanks Kumu! :)
I learned a lot culturally about where I live
14. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
15. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (100%)
17. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
18. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
19. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
20. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
21. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
22. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
23. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
24. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
25. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
26. Other comments:
This was one of my favorite classes to take. Dr. Brown knew so much about Hawaiian religion and she made the class super fun and interesting. I wish I could take the Mo'o class with her but I'm graduating :(
Good style of teaching. The material really stuck. Months after she went over certain concepts I still remember them!
Mahalo e ke kumu You are a great teacher and a great person. Please offer/suggest this course to more students because it is seriously great!
Loved her class, would take it again.
I am a student of religious studies on academic exchange from Miami, Florida. I am so glad I was able to take 205 with Professor Brown! She makes foreign and complex concepts EASY to understand, especially to students who are unfamiliar with the culture or subject matter.
She gave us immediate feedback when it cakes to scores for tests and quizzes. That was really nice. She was an overall really interesting to learn from.
This class was an overall good class. There were times that some students seemed to be favored over others, but for the most part this wasn't an issue. Kumu Brown did her best at trying to get each student to contribute to class discussions and share or test their knowledge and understanding of the concepts she was teaching.
Kumu really maximized our learning in the simplest form. She is not tricky or tries to test us based on what we remember but studys with us and discusses with us what there is to know so that we don't necessarily have to memorize everything for an exam but instead already know the information because it was provided to us and re-iterated to us. Best class.
Thank you for the awesome semester!!
She really helped me think and analyze in a different way than I am used to. She is great at teaching and making sure the students understand what she is teaching and I like how she stresses class participation. She makes us feel comfortable and not too embarrassed to speak up. I really enjoyed how she wanted every person to have success and do well. She is very optimistic and encourages students to do their best, which made me a better student in all my classe . I am able to analyze and understand readings better, not only the ones she gave us but for other classes. Keep doing what your doing!!!
Awesome course! Thank you!

Marie Brown: REL495, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Religion
Course: REL 495 - Seminar in Religion Crn (Section): 77705 (001)    
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  
4.0 11 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 5 (45%) 3 (27%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.09 11 0.3 Freq(%) 10 (91%) 1 (9%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
9. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
Interest in learning more about subject matter.
interesting topic
I chose to take this class out of a great interest in learning more about Moʻo Akua, however, not much material regarding this subject has been made easily accessible prior to Professors Brown's class.
I am getting a religion degree and needed a few more credits, and I really enjoyed Dr. Brown's course on Pele and Kamapua'a.
I am a graduate student in religion and selected this course as an elective out of interest.
It fulfilled a focus requirement, but I also thought it would be interesting.
I chose to take this course because I have never taken a Hawaiian Religion class before and I really wanted to take classes out of my major. I also heard that Kumu Alohalani is an amazing teacher.
Wanted to learn the subject matter given in this course.
Ua kainoa au i kÄ?ia papa no ka mea, ua lohe au i ka maikaÊ»i o kÄ?ia papa, a me ka maikaÊ»i o ke kumu, Ê»oia hoÊ»i Ê»o Kumu Alohalani Brown. He Ê»ohana ka moÊ»o iaÊ»u, a makemake au e aÊ»o mai i nÄ? moÊ»o.
I was interested in the subject matter, and I was very impressed with the instructor's previous work.
Dr. Brown is an intelligent woman with a lot of information and insight to share. Having her as a kumu is a privilege, and an opportunity one must not miss! I took her course on moʻo akua because of her vast knowledge on the class of deities.
I chose to take this course because I took one of Alohalani's courses before, and she is an excellent kumu (teacher). She is so enthusiastic and loves teaching, which makes her classes so fun and engaging. The fact that the course was only once a week was a big plus as well.
10. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
11. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
12. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Introduction to indigenous theoretical discourse and key terminology.
The variety of reading material.
listening to everyone's interpretations of the readings, looking at others perspectives on the subject was fun.
Finding information regarding Moʻo Akua prior to taking this class. After taking this class, not only were we introduced to many resources for researching Moʻo Akua, we were also educated in ways to find these sources on our own. Along with extensive exposure to all things Moʻo Akua, Dr. Brown also provided extremely valuable guidance into conducting research and preparing for graduate level work.
The course was a romp! Discussions are always lively and respectful, and I have been introduced to a mythological system I had never encountered before.
I am very new to the topic of Hawaiian religion, so this course challenged me intellectually in many ways. It is also a topic little studied in Hawaiian religion in general, so the knowledge gained in this class was incredibly interesting. Mo'o are very different from my own topic of study, but the knowledge Dr. Brown taught the class regarding religion, theory, community, place, and studying a living religion in an existing community, is knowledge I can apply to my own area of focus.
By studying mo'o, it has helped me better understand Hawaiian religion and mo'olelo.
Research and methodologies aspect.
The et up of class.
I kÄ?ia papa, ma muli o na mea i aÊ»o mai ai, mai iaÊ»u ka mana a me ka Ê»ike o ka mana mai nÄ? wahine o kÄ?ia honua nei.
There are several things that I found useful: the moo akua list served as a methodological guide for both reading Hawaiian Literature as well as a model for researching other issues in this area. As an instructor myself, I believe that this is an effective instructional model for keeping students focused on important content and thematic issues without overwhelming the student with other issues. Hiiakaikapoliopele is a text that I was unable to appreciate before Kumu Brown's methodology. Her focus on moo allowed me to appreciate the plot of the story and skim through many of the more difficult chants. I do feel that for the first time, I have gained so much from this particular text in terms of understanding not only moo, but apects of the Hawaiian worldview. As an student, I cannot tell you how much I gained from this class. As a researcher, Kumu Brown has give me a valuable template to work from and has been so generous with her advice. As an instructor, I have already asked her if I could adopt and adapt her moo akua list for my own instruction. I could not be happier with this course or the instructor. I would highly recommend her to any one of my fellow graduate students, and I feel very grateful that I had the opportunity to be her student.
The course structure and Dr. Brown herself made this a valuable class that involved sharing insight and manaʻo.
I gained so much more ʻike (knowledge) about moʻo akua and other Hawaiian deities from the moʻolelo we analyzed.
14. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
15. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
17. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
18. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
19. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
20. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
21. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
22. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
23. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
24. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
25. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
26. Other comments:
There were a couple times where students would interject with questions or comments because they thought the professor was done speaking. It appeared that she took slight offense to that and would reply with "I am not done speaking." I felt bad for those students because I don't think they meant to be rude but I think by the response they felt uncomfortable. Overall it was an excellent class and the teacher was very respectful and caring, it was just those small moments that felt awkward.
mahalo for a good semester
This course on Moʻo Akua is extremely valuable for anyone seeking to learn about these Hawaiian Reptilian water deities, and it also provides great insight into the role of women as strong, independent and powerful beings as told from the perspective of a culture that truly values women as equals, and is unafraid to place women in positions of power. Dr. Brown provides a rigorous and thorough curriculum that enables the student to truly strengthen and refine their thought process while also gaining an important insight into the values and knowledge inherent in moʻolelo Moʻo.
I wish this course met twice a week for half as long, because by Monday evening I am pretty brain-fried. I'd take it again in a heartbeat, though. PS I think I might be in love with Kamo'oinanea. Is that problematic?
Dr. Brown is very capable and knowledgeable in the classroom, and is very enthusiastic about the subject and her students. Her enthusiasm is infectious and the additional time that she invests in her students is highly appreciated.
Recommened this class to friends! :)
I like the content of class.
Mahalo nui e ke kumu no kou Ê»ike, manaÊ»o, a aloha iÄ? mÄ?kou pÄ?kahi Ä?pau.
The only thing that I would say is that this course should be cross listed as an upper division English course. I feel that the moolelo that we read for the class would deepen the knowledge of anyone studying Hawaiian Literature. I would even go as far as saying that it should be a required course for students studying the Literatures of Hawaii. Kumu Brown brings so much knowledge to her teaching and is such an exemplary role model for graduate students.
Mahalo kumu, you are the greatest! Keep doing what you are doing :)
Mahalo to Kumu Alohalani for sharing her ʻike and extensive research with us. This was an awesome class :)

Marie Brown: REL205, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Religion
Course: REL 205 - Understandng Hawaiian Religion Crn (Section): 88442 (001)    
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  
3.07 17 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 6 (35%) 3 (18%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.19 17 0.4 Freq(%) 13 (76%) 3 (18%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.75 17 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
9. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
to fulfill a requirement for my major in FAMR
I took it to fulfill a focus designation
It counted for an elective for my language/cultural requirements. I specifically chose this course because Hawaiian culture and religion really interests me because its a totally different way of life from what I am used to. And since I am in Hawaii I wanted to find out what past and present Hawaiians believed in.
I chose to take this course because I wanted to learn Hawaiian religion from a different and more in depth cultural view and I knew this professor would be able to do that for her students.
It seemed like an interesting class to learn from.
To fulfill a culture course. It worked well with my schedule too.
It fulfilled a language requirement
Fulfilled a requirement
I chose to take this course because it seemed interesting and it covered a history requirement.
I took this class it fulfilled to one of the four classes I need for the Hawaiian Second Language/Culture courses. And the time fit my schedule well.
Fulfilled my requirement for culture courses needed to enter Shidler.
I took it because it was the most interesting sounding class out of the required culture classes I had to take for my major.
I chose to take this course because I thoroughly enjoyed Professor Brown's Hi'iaka and Kamapua'a course and thought I would benefit greatly from an introduction to Hawaiian religion course.
10. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
11. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
12. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
the course has broaden my knowledge of the Hawaiian culture and the man my aspects of this culture. it was a very interesting class.
Dr. Brown was very passionate about her teaching and wanted all of her students to do well in not only her class, but all of there classes. She went out of her way to help the students with writing skills and critical thinking skills. She is very caring about everyone
This class really opened my eyes to the environment and the way Hawaiians lived in the past. The knowledge of the ways Hawaiians connected to the land and environment and how efficient they were at just about everything they did really stuck out to me.
I really liked that we would discuss the readings as a class and we able to ask questions and have the teacher elaborate ideas for us. I also enjoyed that the teacher gave us visual examples when visuals were needed to understand and grasp ideas and concepts better.
The readings and the non-graded quizzes. Those were really helpful. It relieved the pressure while at the same time, we were teaching ourselves the material.
Everything! I learned a lot from our professor this semester. It helped because she was so passionate about the Religion course too.
Weekly writeups and time in class to prepare for midterm/final
Hands on readings
The readings were very valuable and taught me a lot during this course.
Readings and follow up discussions helped me understand the content.
I found her power points, and class discussions most helpful because you got to see and hear that other people have the same questions as you, and then we would discuss the questions in class to help us understand and learn better.
I found that the variety of mo'olelo was helpful because not only did we discover multitudes of ancestral knowledge, we also interpreted the text and gave our own analysis as well. This exercise allowed us to really focus on the text and also enabled us to hear other ideas at the same time. I also liked the group work and participation that took place in class.
14. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
15. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
17. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%)
18. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
19. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
20. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
21. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
22. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
23. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
24. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 11 (65%)
25. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
26. Other comments:
I looked forward to coming to this class because the material was interesting and class in general was fascinating to me because I enjoy learning about new and different religions. The readings were a little difficult, but once they were discussed I felt I had a better understanding of them.
It was a great class, Kumu. I learned so much from it; things I will always be reminded of as I go through life. Thank you for everything; especially for your kindness, creativity and forgiveness ~*** ke aloha nui, Kahikina
If every professor was like Marie Brown, everyone would get A's and B's in course. Not only because she teaches the class with great communication and clarity...but HOW she taught the class. She is so driven to make sure everyone knew what was going on in the class. She WANTED everyone to understand and pass her class. But if she knew you don't care, she will not care about you. A student needs to go into class wanting to learn....and she made that happen.
Great teacher, very excited about teaching.
Amazing teacher!
Professor Brown is extremely accommodating and is a very good lecturer. She did not generalize the subject matter which is great on her part as she showed no bias for a particular mo'olelo or Hawaiian scholar. She approached problematic situations discussed in class cautiously and professionally by allowing us to think outside of the box. She does not simply say that our ideas are false or invalid, but she says it could be a possibility. This is a great way to not only encourage our opinions and analysis, but also to encourage a variety of interpretation fit for a belief system that has multiple nuances.

Marie Brown: REL390, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Religion
Course: REL 390 - Hawaiian Gods:Pele,Kamapuaa Crn (Section): 88444 (001)    
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  
3.5 11 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 3 (27%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.11 11 0.33 Freq(%) 8 (73%) 1 (9%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
9. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
I took one of her previous classes, and really enjoyed her teaching style. This is my upper division elective.
Fulfilled WI or Elective for graduation in Spring 2014. Also wanted to learn a more in depth understanding of Hawaiian culture.
I took this class because it was Hawaiian Religion and it brought me closer to my culture. One of the best classes I have taken at UH. Kumu Brown is amazing and is there for her students, more teacher need to take notes from her on her teach style. She is AWESOME!
I am a dual major in Religion and Biology, and I thought it would be tragic not to take advantage of the opportunity to study the indigenous religion in the Hawaiian First Nation. The Hawaiian mythology seems to have a remarkable grasp of both natural history and healthy male/female relationships, and that is incredibly charming. Frankly, the course sounded like fun. This comment has officially blown my supposed anonymity, so y'all know.
Fulfilled designation and requirement.
major, as well as I wanted to brush up on my knowledge of Hawaiian myths and legends
I chose to take this course, because I was interested in the topic and I wanted to learn about Hawaiian deities regarding Pele and Hiiaka and the role they play in everyday Hawaiian lifestyle.
I am very interested in the topic of Hawaiian Religion and am always eager to learn more, especially from a kumu like Brown.
I chose to take this course because I am Hawaiian and a religion major. I have taken classes with Kumu Brown before and loved her teaching style.
Religion major elective
I chose to take this course because it seemed interesting. It wasn't part of my major; it was just an elective that I decided to take.
10. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
11. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
12. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
13. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Her teaching are spot on, readings are educational
Everything, literature was great and new information.
I valued learning more about the Hawaiian view point
I greatly value Alohalani's willingness to discuss extremely sensitive issues in class. Sometimes it is uncomfortable (I am descended from a lot of illegitimate circus orphans, so genealogy=identity is pretty weird for me) but I figure that is good for my privileged white (as far as I know) worldview. If college doesn't make a person squirm once in a while, what's the point? I got a lot out of this class that was only tangentially related to myth. I gained a lot of cultural literacy and context.
The readings.
The introduction to stories that I have never heard of, even though I lived in Hawaii for most of my life.
The most valuable aspects that the Kumu (teacher) offered was the determination and good work ethics towards the students. Personally, I enjoyed the Kumu's determination and the believing in me to push my limits and producing quality work. She tell it like it is, which enables you to understand reality and the choices and consequences it endures. In addition, my Kumu has a great wealth of knowledge of this topic and she really makes you understand the various literature. For example, she welcomes all beliefs and thoughts about this topic.
The abundance of archives of knowledge I have been introduced to, as well as new concepts and connections I have made.
The way Kumu Brown runs her class is discussion heavy. I found that making connections in class from the texts we read for homework was extremely valuable. I learned and discovered a lot in the course.
Going over the readings
This course truly helped me to strengthen my reading and writing skills.
14. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
15. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 11 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
17. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 8 (73%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
19. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
20. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
21. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
22. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
23. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
24. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
25. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
26. Other comments:
Thanks for being such a cool teacher
Mrs. Brown was very helpful with encouraging her students to get the best grade possible. She was great responding to email which made my student life so much easier if i was stuck and had a question. Brown was very good at teaching this course material. I loved learning about the Hawaiian culture and she provided me with lots of great information. Although Mrs. Brown is very nice and trys to be sensitive and careing towards people of not of Hawaiian decent, certain comments should not be said for the sake of being professional. Apologizing for the comments you are about to say does not make them less offensive. Sometime was a little passive aggressive towards non native hawaiian students.
This was an amazing CLASS! I wish I was able to take more of her classes sooner, but I will in grad school!
The Kamapua'a (I apologise if that's not the correct diacritical, Kumu, I am rather limited in this survey) section of the course is obviously not the prof's favourite. This should just be a course about Pele and Hi'iaka--it could tie in with the Women's Studies department easily, because that is one seriously feminist epic.
It was a good class and recommend it to everyone.
thank you
I would recommend anyone who wants to learn more about Pele/Hiiaka literature, regardless of major or discipline that the student is majoring in. This class would also be great for a workshop where Hawaiians and Non- Hawaiians can learn about our mo'olelo or stories and get sens of Hawaiian world view by using these literature and how it shaped both past and present events.
Wonderful class, wonderful teacher.
This was an excellent course and excellent professor. Marie Brown has inspired me to further my education and has taught me a lot about Hawaiian religion over that past year.