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CES 255 Hawaii the Center of the Pacific • 5 Cr.


Examines Hawaiian culture from pre-Christian Hawaii to the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement of the 20th Century. Studies the geography, culture and diaspora of selected immigrant cultures and the development of the Hawaiian multicultural society. Also examines the evolving land use and economic patterns of Hawaii. Previously ETHN 255.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

Course is divided into four parts: Hawaiian pre-Christian Culture; Impact of European Settlers and the Development of the Plantation Economy; Pearl Harbor, World War II and Statehood; Re-emergence of Hawaiian Culture and the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement within the context of these four periods.
  • Immigrant group migration patterns will be examined to address cultural connections of the Pacific Diaspora.
  • The cultural geography of the Hawaiian Islands and the triangle of islands formed by Hawaii to the north, Easter Island in the southeast and Tahiti in the southwest (island triangle) will be examined.
  • The Hawaiian culture and the evolution of the 'new" multicultural Hawaiian culture will be studied.
  • Pre-Christian Hawaiian land use patterns will be examined and linked with changes of land use and land ownership with the arrival of the Christians will be studied.
  • The evolution of land use from the 1800's to the 21st century will be examined in relationship to the evolution of Hawaiian culture during this time period.
  • The political system of the pre-Christian Allii class will be contrasted to the Kingdom of Hawaii, and the evolution from the Kingdom of Hawaii to the "republic" form of governance after the overthrow of the Queen in 1894 and the connection to the United States in 1898 as the Territory of Hawaii, Statehood in 1959 and the Sovereignty Movement of the late 20th Century.

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