|History 284: Hawaiian History||
Spring 2014 (last updated on 4/14/14)
1. If you agree with Dening that historians play an interpretive role to make history relevant to the present, then what is "good" history? Is "good" history that which is written with a clearly identifiable political agenda?
2. Do you think the history of Hawai‘i is more accurately written if it has a Native voice, either a Native Hawaiian historian or by reconstructing metaphors of a past culture as Kame‘eleihiwa does?
3. To answer this question you need to read an article posted on Laulima: "The Last Mass Migration of Workers to Hawai'i." After reading about Anastacio Luis' experience in transporting 6,000 Filipino labor recruits in 1946, what surprising and unusual details did you learn? Although they were the last group to arrive, do you think their experience can provide insights into labor recruitment in general?
4. What do you think of USA Today's "Racial tensions are simmering in Hawaii's melting pot" article about race relations in Hawaii? Do you think it accurately depicts Hawaii's multiethnic society?
5. Do you think shows like Hawaii 5-0 accurately represent the islands? If so, how and what kind of impact does it have on people living in Hawaii and those outside of Hawaii?
|Think/Write #1 is due on Laulima by 11:59 p.m. on Fri (1/31). Please read all posted Think/Writes before class on Tues (2/4).|
6. How do you think the U.S. military's presence in Hawaii has impacted the history of these islands?
7. How much emphasis do you think should be placed on Hawaiian oral tradition in our attempts to understand the origins of the Hawaiians?
8. Do you think words like "exploitation" and "degradation" accurately describe the impact of prehistoric Hawaiians on their environment?
9. Kame‘eleihiwa argues that the women of ancient Hawai‘i were quite powerful and the ‘Aikapu does not prove that women were inferior to men. Do you agree with the explanation she gives? Why or why not?
10. For those who participated in the loko i'a (fishpond) service project on Saturday (2/15 or 4/12). Mai maka'u i ka hana; maka'u i ka moloa. (Don't be afraid of work; be afraid of being lazy.) Ma ka hana ka ‘ike. (In working one learns.) How did your work at Waikalua Loko help you understand either or both of these 'olelo no'eau?
11. For those who are doing Service Learning. Why did you choose SL? What do you hope to learn from this experience?
|Think/Write #2 is due on Laulima by 11:59 p.m. on Fri (2/21). There will be no discussion in class. Instead, provide feedback online to two of your classmates before 11:59 p.m. on Fri (2/28) to earn 2 class assignment points.|
12. Do you think Stannard's pre-contact population estimate has been used in the political debates of modern Hawai‘i? Why do you think the numbers are so important to Hawaiian activists today?
13. Do you think the story of ‘Umi helps us to truly understand ancient Hawai‘i, especially considering that he was the exception and not the rule?
14. Why do you think Captain Cook is considered a hero to the Western world? Do you think he was a hero? Explain your answer.
15. Do you think Kamehameha was able to unite the Hawaiian islands because he used foreign weapons and advisors? Is this the only way to explain his success?
16. For those who are doing Service Learning. Describe your duties and responsibilities at your SL site. What new information are you learning and/or skills are you acquiring from this SL experience?
|Think/Write #3 is due on Laulima by 11:59 p.m. on Fri (3/28). Please read all posted Think/Writes before class on Tues (4/1).|
17. Do you think the Hawaiian people of the 1820s and 1830s were exploited by foreigners? What part did the Hawaiians play in the moral struggles of that time period?
18. To answer this question you need to read two articles posted on Laulima: "Observations of the First Japanese in Hawaii" and "...the Journal of Toketa." Do you think the descriptions of the Hawaiian way of life provided by a shipwrecked Japanese sailor and a Tahitian missionary are more accurate than those provided by Americans and Europeans who were passing through?
19. To answer this question you need to read two articles posted on Laulima: "...the Journal of Toketa" and "Hawaiian Missionaries in the Marquesas." How important was a shared Polynesian culture in the missionary efforts of Tahitians in Hawaii and Hawaiians in the Marquesas? Do you think these islanders were more effective than American and European missionaries?
20. Do you think Malo's prophecy has been fulfilled? Do you believe that it is inevitable for smaller countries to be "gobbled up" by larger countries?
21. For those who are doing Service Learning. How has this SL experience impacted you as a person and as a student of history? If possible, share a specific SL experience that stands out in your mind, and explain why it made such an impression on you.
|Think/Write #4 is due on Laulima by 11:59 p.m. on Fri (4/18). Please read all posted Think/Writes before class on Tues (4/22).|