Hawaii Sustainable Development Goals Course


The Pacific & Asian Affairs Council and the College of Hawaiian Language (Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani and ʻImiloa Center) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo are collaborating to offer an opportunity for Hawaiʻi high school students to earn college credit for free through an online course focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through global and local contexts. 


What is the class about?

This course will cover the way in which we are confronted by challenges of sustainability, both in Hawaiʻi and all around the world. The 7-week summer session will use nine of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to examine the social, environmental, and economic concerns that all nations must confront in the face of issues such as climate change, cyclical poverty, and food insecurity. Special attention will be paid to these shared global challenges’ impacts in Hawaiʻi and the need for sensitivity and adaptation to local contexts in order to tackle them.


What will I gain from this?

Successful completion of the Summer 2021 session with a passing grade will result in 3 elective Hawaiian Studies credits being awarded by the University of Hawaii at Hilo.


How is the class taught?

This course will be delivered in a blended online format. Students will be responsible for independently completing research, assignments, and quizzes. There will also be virtual class time in the form of discussion sections and guest speaker sessions held via online video conferencing. Support from the instructor will be provided during weekly office hour sessions or by appointment.



Class Schedule

Class will begin on Monday, June 7 and end on Friday, July 23. Students will be assigned to a discussion group before the session begins. Attendance is mandatory at all assigned class sessions. 


The class schedule is as follows: 

  • * Group A: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:00pm

  • * Group B: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30am - 12:00pm

  • * Guest Lectures: Fridays, 9:30am - 10:45am (mandatory for all students)

  • * Office Hours: Fridays, 11:00am - 12:00pm (optional)

  • * Days Off: June 8 and 11, July 5, 6, and 16


* If there are fewer than 20 students enrolled in the class, there will be no Group B and the whole class will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:30am.  


Who can apply?

The application deadline for this program has passed. 


What about College Credit?

The summer course is worth three credits. Students who are still in high school will be enrolled as Early Admit students through the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Students who will graduate in May 2021 will be enrolled as non-degree seeking unclassified students. 


Can I get Dual Credit?

Students can receive an elective half-credit from their high school by completing this course. However, students who took the class in the spring and received high school credit will not be eligible for additional credit. Accepted students will receive instructions on how to apply for this credit during the online orientation sessions on April 25 or 26.

What do I need to have to participate?

  • * Commitment to attend all virtual class sessions and complete all coursework by the due dates

  • * Access to stable internet connection on a laptop or tablet, not a cell phone

  • * Computer with word processing, internet access, and other basic functions (discussion sessions and other synchronous portions of the class will be hosted via a web conference platform)

  • * Quiet learning environment for student (especially for discussion sections)

  • * Access to the Google Classroom where the course materials will be hosted

  • * An email address that does not block messages to/from the instructor (we prefer a Gmail account as some accounts associated with schools block messages from PAAC)

Students do not need to pay for books or materials to participate in the mandatory aspects of the course.  The course is offered at no cost to students, thanks to the generous support of the Mamoru & Aiko Takitani Foundation.