Composition I

“For whatever time we have left, let us all commit to saying exactly what we mean. Using language in a historically conscious, purposeful, precise, and thoughtful manner is well worth the effort.”  – Kanalu Young (1954-2008)

The primary purpose of the class is to improve each student’s ability to read, write, and research. A secondary goal is for students to reflect on the serious issues affecting Hawai‘i and the Pacific. We will be studying how colonialism has shaped land, language and literature, as well as the efforts by communities to resist. This class provides the opportunity for students to reflect on the value of Hawai‘i, the impact of our choices, and the many creative solutions we can explore for a more decolonized future.

Great writing takes hard work, but it can also be deeply rewarding. Students will write three short papers and one research essay, and will receive lots of practice and guidance along the way. Assignments also include: two in-class presentations, regular posting to Laulima, and one review of a play or film. Class time will include: short lectures, small group work, grammar quizzes, guest speakers and films. Near perfect attendance and lively discussion are required.

The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future (Howes and Osorio, eds.) – available at Revolution Books. Other reading assignments will be available on Laulima.