Welcome to the Community Educational Program (CEP) at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology! We offer tours of our research facilities on Moku o Lo‘e (Coconut Island), sharing with the people of Hawai‘i some of the exciting and important research going on so close to home.

This is a working research facility. Our maximum group size is 40 participants, scheduling in advance is required, and all visitors require an on-island sponsor.

Please carefully review the information below. We look forward to hearing from you.



Walking Tour: This weekday 2 - 2 1/2 hour tour includes a boat ride to beautiful Moku o Lo‘e island, guided discovery of the island's natural and human history, as well as stops at the shark ponds, touch pool and other areas to learn about our cutting edge research. This program is available for individuals, as well as community and school groups. $80/first 10 participants, $8/additional participant. Boat fee may apply. Maximum 40 participants. CEP Program Request Form

Family Sunday Tour: 10 am - Noon and Noon - 2 pm. 12 participants per tour. Minimum age 5 years. Once a month, typically the third Sunday. $10/adult, $5/child (12 years and under). Reservations required. CEP Program Request Form

Expedition to Moku o Lo‘e: Become part of a marine biology research team on the water and in the lab during this 3 hour program. Participants begin on our research vessel Honu Kai deploying a plankton net as they travel across Kane‘ohe Bay. Upon reaching Moku o Lo‘e (Coconut Island) and the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, they encounter sharks and other research animals, then do two hands-on labs, one analyzing the plankton from the research cruise and the other sorting through invasive seaweeds to separate out and recover small creatures from the bay. $125/first 10 participants, $12/additional participant, plus $100 boat fee. MINIMUM of 12 participants; maximum of 40 participants. CEP Program Request Form

Marine Science Overnight: Participants pitch tents creating a marine biology field camp; tour the island, and participate in a night lab dockside and in the lab. Scout troops can earn an oceanography merit badge or activity awards, school groups get a marine science intensive, and family groups can just relax and be marine biologists for a very entertaining evening (non-camping facilities also available at extra cost). This is an unforgettable experience. $40/person, minimum 20 participants, maximum 36 participants. Overnight Program Request Form

School Programs: Hawai‘i State Schools* may sign up for the Walking Tour or the Expedition to Moku o Lo‘e at reduced rates (approximately 1/2 price). Please go to the School Program Request Form or for inquiry based H.S. level labs, please go to the Education page. *School groups are defined as in-state credit or grade generating courses or programs certified by the State Dept of Education or equivalent. Out of state schools, ecotour groups and summer fun programs are charged at our standard rates.

Special Request Programs and Activities: Special request programs and activities are available. Please email us or call for information.

Boat Fees:

From He‘eia Kea Pier - $100.00/group with large research vessel Honu Kai

From Lilipuna Pier - Boat fees may vary. Check with us.

Planning Considerations

Important Forms

Contact CEP

For more information about CEP, please contact us at:

  • email: himbcep@hawaii.edu
  • tel: (808) 235-9302
  • fax: (808) 235-9300
  • The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
  • P.O. Box 1346
  • Kāne‘ohe, Hawai‘i 96744


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