Course now being offered in May!
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Faculty: Lili Kim, associate professor of history and global migrations (CSI)
Course Number: TBD (200 level)
Departure Date: May 18, 2015 Return Date: May 31, 2015
Course Fee (tentative): $2,075 + airfare (see information about additional expenses and financial aid below)
**Course details are still being finalized. Dates, itinerary and program fee are subject to change**
“Malama ‘Aina” is a Hawaiian phrase that means caring for the land that feeds. This deceptively simple yet endangered practice is at the core of indigenous Hawaiian culture and guides the current Hawaiian sovereignty politics in Hawai‘i. The traditional Hawaiian value of Malama ‘Aina, or what we call sustainability today, has much to teach us about our relationship to the land and how to be a good custodian of it. Students participating in this unique hands-on field course will travel to Honolulu, Hawai‘i to experience the power of history, culture, and sustainability as a tool for self-determination and independence by working with the kumus (teachers) and students at Halau Ku Mana, a public charter school founded in 1999 by Hawaiian sovereignty activists to serve the educational needs of disadvantaged Hawaiian students, focusing on the principle of Malama ‘Aina. This course should be of interest to students of sustainability, education, history, and social movements.
At least one course in U.S. history, educational studies, or sustainability studies, or experience with farming or working at Hampshire Farm Center; or by instructor’s permission.
Short-term Field Course Finances and Funding: Important information about fees, payments, and financial aid.
Approximately $2,075 includes tuition, accommodation, most in-country transportation, group meals, course activities, and entrance fees.
Additional Expenses (costs not included in the program fee)
Approximately $1,200 to include airfare, U.S. transportation to and from airport, transportation from Honolulu airport to accommodations upon arrival ($35), individual meals and personal expenses.
How to Apply
Full Course Description
In recent years Hampshire College’s long-standing commitment to sustainability has become ever more urgent and solidified. Under the leadership of President Jonathan Lash, we are poised to become a leader in sustainability. This field course to Hawai‘i seeks to engage Hampshire and Five College students with the traditional indigenous Hawaiian value of “Malama ‘Aina,” which means “caring for the land that feeds.” Working directly with the kumus and students at Halau Ku Ma, a public charter school founded by Hawaiian sovereignty activists, specifically to carry out the mission of Malama ‘Aina for and by Hawaiian students, Hampshire and Five College students will learn how practicing sustainability can empower a disadvantaged and displaced Hawaiian community in the face of U.S. imperialism.
Although it started as a high school in 1999, Halau Ku Mana is growing strong and will expand to serve 4th through 12th graders in the academic year 2014-2015. Located in the deep forests of Makki Valley in the heart of Honolulu, Halau Ku Mana embraces both the urban and the rural to practice sustainable farming. Halau Ku Mana is a community-, culture-, and environment-based place of learning and serves a small community about 120 students who strive to achieve community and environmental stewardship and ultimately Hawaiian self-determination. While remaining academically rigorous in both English and Hawaiian languages, Halau Ku Mana aims to reconnect with the land that has been central to the indigenous Hawaiian community for many generations before the illegal overthrow of Hawaiian Kingdom by the United States. Sample curriculum includes Ahapua‘a (mountain to ocean project), Lo‘i (taro patch project), Uka (uplands project), and Wa‘a (sailing canoe project). Through such projects, students have transformed the forest from an abandoned, weed-infested land of Makki Forest Recreation Area to an urban oasis of indigenous plants and vegetables. Hampshire and Five College students participating in this immersion course will learn, observe, and assist with the academic- and nature-focused programs of the school curriculum. Working closely with kumus (teachers), each student will take lead in assisting in the area of his/her interested subject/project.
When we are working at Halau Ku Mana, our day will typically begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students can expect to return later on excursion days. We will have meetings and excursions to discuss and to process collectively our experiences at Halau Ku Mana. Students will explore the themes of imperialism, sustainability, education, and self-determination through environmental stewardship. Outside Halau Ku Mana, we will meet with long-time community activists who are fighting to preserve ancient burial sites of Hawai‘i from developers, as well as scholars, artists, and farmers who are actively engaged in the movement for Hawaiian self-determination. We will also visit farms that practice environmental and Hawaiian ethics of caring for the land. Students will have opportunities to learn some basic Hawaiian language and the traditional hula dance, as well as to participate in local cultural and political events. This field course is a rare, life-changing opportunity to experience and learn about everyday Hawaiian struggles and activism, hidden from the views of the millions of tourists who visit Hawai‘i each year.
REA, WRI, EXP, PRS
Students enrolled in the course are asked to read the following texts before arriving in Honolulu, Hawai‘i:
Haunani-Kay Trask, ed., From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai‘i (University of Hawai‘i Press, 1999).
J. Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua, The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).
Eric Love, Race over Empire: Racism and U.S. Imperialism, 1865-1900 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004).
J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2009).
During the course, students will be required to keep a journal and share their experiences during our daily meetings. Working closely with their kumus, whom they are assisting, students will develop a lesson, activity, or presentation, which they will turn in for evaluation.
Participants arrange individually to arrive in Honolulu, Hawai’i on Monday, May 18. Students will be responsible for getting to the dorms of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (where we will be staying), which is about a 20-minute cab ride from the Honolulu international airport. All other transportation is by rented vehicle. Students can plan to depart on Sunday, May 31.
The group will stay in the dorms of the University of Hawai‘I (UH) at Manoa. Located in the beautiful Manoa Valley, the UH dorms offer comfortable, convenient, and affordable housing. The UH dorms provide the additional benefits, such as the opportunities to connect with the UH students as well as having numerous great, local, cheap restaurants to eat near campus. Students will be able to utilize the libraries and computer terminals as well as to purchase meals at dining facilities on campus.
There will be at least one group meeting with the faculty director prior to departure. This orientation will allow each of us to begin getting to know one another. This will be an intense group experience, and we want to begin building community as soon as we can. We will also go over the protocols and expectations for the course. In addition, a representative from GEO will also provide information and resources related to health, safety and travel.
Questions about the application process or financial aid should be directed to Heather St. Germaine in the global education office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.559.5542
Questions regarding the academic content or itinerary should be directed to Lili Kim at email@example.com.