Lawaiʻa @ HawaiʻiCC


The A.A.S. Degree in Lawaiʻa prepares students to understand the depth and breadth of LAWAI`A science that encompasses an interdisciplinary local and global knowledge base. This experience will allow the students to consider a wide variety of potential careers including but not limited to: environmental science, forestry, astronomy, anthropology, archaeology, biology, agriculture, art, music, education, social services, business, development, planning, and politics with an increased knowledge in traditional and contemporary Native Hawaiian ideology and practice.

This degree is not designed for transfer directly into a Baccalaureate program; however, it does include many transfer level general education courses. To earn this degree, students must:

  1. Complete the required courses.

  2. Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 as well as 2.0 in each of the major courses.

  3. Earn the final 16 semester hours at HawCC.

  4. Earn the Lawaiʻa specific course credits (HawSt 170A, 170B,270, 271 and 272) in residency.


Traditional Practice
The two-year Lawaiʻa A.A.S. provides students the knowledge of the technical aspects as well as the cultural practices of cultivation, harvesting, and protecting marine resources in either commercial ventures or for sustainable fishing practices.

Modern Skills

The Lawaiʻa A.A.S. program will develop the learner's skills in subsistence fishing.

Substantial course work will be in the field and students will be mentored by recognized practitioners.

Degree Objective
This degree aims to educate articulate, skilled, and culturally trained graduates of the Lawai`a degree who are knowledgeable and experienced in the cultivation, harvesting, marketing, and conservation of Hawai`i and the world’s fragile marine resources.



Lawaiʻa Associate in Applied Sciences Degree(A.A.S)