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Hawaii Pacific University to offer course at HPA


WAIMEA, Island of Hawaii—In partnership with Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii Preparatory Academy will offer a dual-enrollment course for spring semester 2011. The class will run from January 18 through May 10.

The course, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 2000), will examine the value of storytelling, why food is more than food, our responsibility as global citizens to the environment, why people who live in Hawaii need to learn about Hawaii, and how your culture and life experience contribute to the well-being of the world. Dr. Lynette Hiilani Cruz, faculty member in anthropology at HPU, and Dan Morgan, chair of the Sociology and Legal Students Department at HPU, will teach the course.

Cruz will meet electronically with the class on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. on the HPA campus. Students will do additional online work between class meetings and there will be eight fieldwork days scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the spring semester. All students are required to participate in four fieldwork days.

This three-credit course is open to high school juniors, seniors, and community members. The fee for students enrolled in high school on the island of Hawaii is $500 (plus $20 application fee and materials); the fee for community members and adults is $990 (plus $20 application fee and materials).

Interested students and community members can request a course brochure and application by e-mail: An application also can be downloaded at

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