Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.03
Liaison Laurel Pikcunas
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michelle Nathan
Assistant Professor
Math and Natural Science
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:

1) Hoʻokele courses- Hawaiian Celestial Navigation and Hawaiian Astronomy & Navigation
HWST 281, 282, & 282L Hoʻokele II: Hawaiian Voyaging and Seamanship & Lab.
Course catalog class description:


These courses are offered at the Maritime Education and Training site on Sand Island in Honolulu and are in collaboration with the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS). A significant portion of students' time is spent working on or near the voyaging canoes. The two ships they use are the Hōkūleʻa or Hikianalia ships. The instructor of these courses is Kaiulani Murphy( kmurphy@hawaii.edu ). Students usually attend one night sail a semester depending on weather and canoe availability. Native Hawaiian traditional navigation and astrology is sustainability-focused since it focuses on using natural materials and non-invasive navigating techniques through astrology. Her bio is listed here: https://www.honolulu.hawaii.edu/post/cv/kaiulani-murphy/, http://www.hokulea.com/crew-profile-kaiulani-murphy/

Honolulu CC Staff that have participated in deep-sea voyages are Ka’iulani Murphy, Keala Kimura, and Bob Perkins. A handful of students were a part of the last major voyage, Mālama Honua after completing the above coursework. You can learn more about the full crew roster and PVC here: Polynesian Voyaging Center: education@pvshawaii.org. Past voyages/crew members:http://www.hokulea.com/crewmember-highlights/ Full crew roster: http://www.hokulea.com/crewmember-highlights/

Contact for the Maritime Education and Training Center: Mark Keala Kimura, at 832-3682, mkkimura@hcc. hawaii.edu. https://programs.honolulu.hawaii.edu/metc/

2) In the Ola Niuhelewai grant in years 3-5 students will go to Kahoolawe ( a neighboring Hawaiian island) for 1 week as a culmination of that year's studies. This was an island used heavily by the military for testing weaponry and is a site that demonstrates the takeover of the Hawaiian kingdom. By visiting this island, students take back what is theirs and find a deeper sense of self while also processing ancestral trauma.

3) Within the Halau ola Honua grant( PAGE)- Floyd Mccoy (Professor at Windward CC- now retired ) and John Delay(Professor at Honolulu CC) lead a 1-week Geology field course on outer islands: Maui, Kauai, and Hawai'i Big island together. During this experience, students study the volcanic geology of the outer islands and other environmental science topics including sustainability.

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