Windward CCʻs new associate in arts degree in Hawaiian studies was collaboratively developed by the community college campuses as an option to prepare you to transfer to a Hawaiian studies baccalaureate degree path at UH Mānoa or UH Hilo. It marks the first time a degree was approved for all the University of Hawaiʻi's seven community colleges.

It also provides you with the option to earn an associate degree that provides the qualifications that would be beneficial in the workforce or or other areas of study where a knowledge of the host culture are desired. You have an opportunity to follow a path of Hawaiian knowledge that, once you graduate, will allow you to take that knowledge into the workforce and back to their communities.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the associate in arts degree in Hawaiian studies, the student will be able to:

  • Describe aboriginal Hawaiian linguistic, cultural, historical, and political concepts.
  • Apply aboriginal Hawaiian concepts, knowledge and methods to the areas of science, humanities, arts, and social sciences—in academics and in other professional endeavors.
  • Engage, articulate, and analyze topics relevant to the aboriginal Hawaiian community using college-level research and writing methods.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Are 18 years of age or older, or
  • Have earned a U.S. high school diploma, GED or equivalency

International Student requirements and information

Submit an application if you are:

  • Not currently enrolled at any of the UH system campuses
  • A first-time college student
  • A returning student (a person who previously attended but is not currently enrolled at any other UH campus)
  • A transfer student (a person who is currently or was previously enrolled at a non-UH institution)
  • Transfer Credit Search - UH System Course Transfer Database
  • An Early Admit or Running Start student (a junior or senior high school student admitted under the Early Admission or Running Start program)
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
4 semesters
- Resident $126 per credit, Non-resident $340 per credit
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