Academics: Liberal Arts

Kūlana Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Programs)

Kūlana Hawai‘i is comprised of the Nā Papa Hawai‘i-Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies Programs, and the Hulili Ke Kukui-Hawaiian Center. Nā Papa Hawai‘i off ers courses in Hawaiian Language, Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian plants, Hawaiian Literature, and Voyaging. Hulili Ke Kukui off ers comprehensive support services including the Po‘i Nā Nalu-Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program which provides peer assisted English, Math and Physics gateway courses. Kūlana Hawai‘i's mission is to perpetuate Hawaiian knowledge and traditional practices.


Students planning to take courses in Mathematics at Honolulu Community College should be aware that the courses are arranged in a definite sequence, with each course either serving as preparation for a succeeding course or as a final course in one part of the sequence. To help the student better visualize this sequence, a schematic is presented in the "Course Descriptions" section of the catalog under Mathematics. Specific prerequisites also are listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Language Arts

The Language Arts Department offers non-credit and credit courses in Composition, Literature, Technical Writing, Journalism, Linguistics, East Asian Languages and Literature (EALL), and English as a Second Language (ESL). It also offers Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Okinawan, Spanish, Arabic, and Persian language courses.

Contact: Jeff Stearns, 845-9276,

Emeritus Faculty: Gloria Hooper


The Humanities Department offers courses in American Studies, Art, Asian Studies, Communications, Drama, History, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Speech.

Contact: Kara Kam-Kalani (845-9208,, Ronald Pine (845-9163,

Emeritus Faculty: David Cleveland, Norman Hallett, Doric Little, Walter McGoldrick, Barbara Peterson, Alan Yonan

Faculty & Staff

Liberal Arts

Brief Program Description/Goals

Lower division courses are offered to meet the University of Hawai‘i general education requirements, which are similar to the requirements of many other four-year colleges or universities. The College also provides lower division courses for many arts and science majors as well as courses to meet pre-professional requirements (College of Business, College of Education, School of Social Work, etc.)

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