University of Hawai’i Kaua’i Community College is located on the island of Kauai within the Hawaiian islands. This institution is a 2 year public community college.


Ethnobotany (BOT 105, 3 credit hours)
Students explore plants and their influence upon the culture of Hawai‘i and Pacific. Uses of cultivated and wild plants are examined.

Plants in the Hawaiian Environment (BOT 130/130L, 3 credit hours)
Introduction to the biological sciences demonstrated through the study of the evolution of plant species and communities of the Hawaiian Islands. The course will include the study of ecological interactions, human impact on the environment, observational skills and scientific inquiry, plant structure and form in relation to function, and the identification and systematics of native and introduced flora.

La’au Lapa’au- Hawaiian Medicinal Herbs (HWST 285, 4 credit hours)
An introduction to Hawaiian medicinal herbs including the basic philosophy and strictness in adhering to protocol, with discussion, identification, and utilization of various methods and techniques of extraction used by Hawaiians in preparing native and hanai herbs (exotic herbs adopted into the culture) for curing diseases.

Mahi’ai Kalo- Taro Cultivation (HWST 251, 3 credit hours)
This course offers an opportunity to study the physical characteristics of the Pacific and its islands. The culture, politics, economy, and geography of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia are explored.

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Brian T. Yamamoto (Biological Sciences);
Dennis Chun (Instructor of Hawaiian Studies);
Ka’imi Summers;
Puali’imaikalani Rossi-Fukino;