Hui Konohiki Courses

Hui Konohiki Courses include lectures, demonstrations, group work, discussions, hands-on activities, and field visits. Each course is taught collaborativelly with all 5 faculty members and has an accompanying integrated online learning environment (WebCT), where students can integrate course experiences into the real world communities of work and play. All course readings, assignments, supplemental resources, and web site links are posted in the course online learning environnment.

HWST/BOT 457: 'Äina Mauliola: Hawaiian Ecosystems
HWST/BOT 457 is a course aimed at providing students with a holistic understanding of how the natural environment in Hawai‘i works, and how human interactions affect that environment. The course will provide scientific, cultural, and socio-political understanding of Hawai'i 's environment and its associated management issues.

HWST/BOT 458: Natural Resource Issues and Ethics in Hawai'i
This course will provide a guided tour of the corridors of power in Hawaii relevant to land and natural resource use, introducing the players and processes influencing policies historically and today. Case studies will be explored from ecological, economic, Indigenous Hawaiian and socio-political perspectives. Students will attend class briefings and public meetings (e.g., Neighborhood Boards, State Legislature and Land Use Commission, Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council) to monitor and analyze decision-making on current natural resource issues.

HWST/BOT 459: Strategies in Hawaiian Resource Use
This course looks at analyzing diverse land and water use strategies of O'ahu from traditional Hawaiian, scientific, and economic perspectives.  Topics include traditional Hawaiian methods, modern development, threatened ecosystems, eco-tourism, and scientific research.  In addition to classroom lectures on each resource-use strategy, every other week the course will include on-site lectures and seminars at key sites on O'ahu exemplifying contemporary resource use.

HWST/BOT 460: Hui Konohiki Practicum: Applied Hawaiian Resource Use
This course is the capstone core course in the Hui Konohiki program and through internship opportunities this course will provide students with insight as to academic needs and career opportunities in terms of future course work and/or graduate studies, as well as a chance to make contacts in the larger community. Through class room lectures and internships with resource management or environmental organizations, students will encounter both theoretical and hands-on experiences with Hawaiian resource-use practices, issues and ethics. Internship opportunities will involve on-the-ground training and analysis from the perspectives of Native Hawaiians, biologists, agronomists, and politicians.