Intro to Lit: Literary History

ENG 270: Literatures of Hawaiʻi: Language, Identity, and Place

Fall 2018

Instructor: Wyatt N. Souza 

TR 9:00am-10:15am 


“Āina as Source…ʻĀina as People…ʻĀina as Ongoing Connection and Care” – Mehana Vaughn

What stories do you tell? What ʻāina (place) do you connect the most to? What is your relationship to place and the people around you? How has your identity been shaped and informed by these relationships and connections? How have/do similar relationships and connections been articulated and expressed through literature? What are the politics of how we tell stories?

In this course, we will examine how identity and place are expressed and woven into different forms and mediums of narratives and literatures from Hawaiʻi. Through the literature, we will explore how identity and place have been produced and articulated in particular historical, political, and cultural contexts. Our class will engage with texts by authors such as S.N Haleʻole and Matthew Kaʻōpio, while also exploring different mediums and modes of literature, through films such as Rap’s Hawaiʻi, different styles and genres of poetry, and music.

(Tentative) Course Readings 

Laieikawai by S.N. Haleʻole

The True Story of Kaluaikoʻolau: As Told by His Wife, Piʻilani translated by Frances N. Frazier

Written in the Sky by Matthew Kaʻōpio

(Tentative) Course Films 

Hawaiian Voices: Bridging Past to Present (1998)

Rap’s Hawaiʻi (2003)

Noho Hewa (2008)

Kumu Hina (2014)

(Tentative) Supplemental Readings/Texts:

Materials by authors such as kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, Hoʻoulumāhiehie, Thomas King, Kīhei de Silva, Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, Wayne Kaumualiʻi Westlake, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, and Haunani-Kay Trask.

Materials by composers/musicians such as Alice Namakelua, Liliʻuokalani, Lena Machado, Bill Aliʻiloa Lincoln, Hawaiian Style Band, Sudden Rush, and Keauhou.

Note: Course description and materials are subject to change. Email instructor for any additional information at