Humanities, Hawaiian - Pacific Studies

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Offering Campus

UH West Oʻahu


This baccalaureate program delivered through Distance Education has been established as a transfer program for students who have completed the first two years of coursework (freshman and sophomore) in-person or online at UH West Oʻahu, from a community college in the UH system or from an accredited institution outside of the UH System.

Hawaiian-Pacific Studies is the study of the Hawaiian and Pacific Island peoples and cultures. Hoʻokahi paena o ka moana nui ʻakea. At the foundation of the Hawaiian-Pacific Studies program is the perspective and understanding that a single ocean connects the islands and the peoples of the Pacific and Hawaiʻi. The societies of the Pacific have their own unique histories, languages, cultures, literature, arts, social structure, architecture, and contemporary issues. The Hawaiian-Pacific Studies concentration offers a wide array of courses on Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands, giving students an overview of Pacific Island peoples and an in-depth knowledge of specific aspects of the cultures of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. The curriculum provides a good foundation of knowledge, including art, history, language, literature, and contemporary issues of all Oceania (including Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia) with Hawai‘i at its core.

Program URL


Fall, Spring


Statewide, Continental U.S., District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa

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Total # of Credit Hours

60 upper division credits in the major

Course Format



Attendance Information

No on-campus visits required. Program conducted totally online with some courses offered synchronously (where everyone is online at the same time) and some courses offered asynchronously (where work is done on your own time).

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Saʻiliemanu Lilomaiava-Doktor
Phone: (808) 689-2355