Housing at HIMB for Visiting Researchers and Students

Lanai suites at HIMB
The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology offers a number of housing options for short- and long-term visits. All visitors to HIMB must have an HIMB sponsor. Please obtain approval from a sponsor before proceeding with housing arrangements.

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For dorm reservations and questions, contact housing managers at himbdorm@hawaii.edu (primary form of communication). A number of housing options are available on Coconut Island for long-term visitors.

See the Coconut Island Map for locations of housing (and other facilities and structures) on the island.

Housing Descriptions


Brief Description

Maximum Capacity

Internet Connection

Hale Hinalea

Six rooms (bunk bed in each) with communal kitchen and bathroom.



Outside view of Hale Hinalea Hale Hinalea - Kitchen & living area Hale Hinalea - one of six bedrooms

Hale Ulua

Single room with two bunk beds and kitchen. *



Outside view of Hale Ulua Inside Hale Ulua - bunk beds Inside Hale Ulua - kitchen

Lanai Suites

Eight suites with 3 to 4 single beds in each. Each room has its own bathroom and small sitting area. **



Outside view of Lanai Suites as seen from Kaneohe Bay Outside view of Lanai Suites Inside view of one of eight Lanai Suites

* Hale Kaku and Hale Ulua dorm facilities both have a bathroom but are not equipped with showers. Showers are in the adjacent building (NSF lab).

** Lanai suite guests must use Beach House or Pauley Classroom Kitchen.

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Housing Fees

Hale Hinalea, Hale Kaku, and Hale Ulua

Student Rate

$15.00 / night

Non-student / Researcher Rate

$25.00 / night

Lanai Suites

Single Occupancy

$40 / night

Double Occupancy

$60 / night

Triple Occupancy

$80 / night

Quadruple Occupancy

$100 / night

Minimum fee for Lanai Suites of $45 dollars plus linen fee.

One-time linen fee: $5 per bed. Linen fee includes sheets, pillowcase and pillow, and a towel. A blanket will be provided if requested.

Reservation Policy

In order to confirm a reservation a credit card number and signed authorization (see HIMB Housing Application) and/or PO (purchase order) must be submitted. For the credit card authorization, you must fax or mail in your HIMB housing application to HIMB, Fiscal Office, P.O. Box 1346, Kaneohe, HI 96744 or fax to (808) 236-7443, attention: Fiscal Office

Cancellation/Change Policy

Changes made to your confirmed reservation that are more than one week of the reservation date will not be assessed additional fees. However, changes made one week prior to the reservation date will be assessed a flat rate fee of $20.00 to your credit card. Cancellations or changes made less than 24 hours of the reservation date will be assessed a fee for the cost of 1 night stay.
If you are paying with a purchase Order and need to make changes to your reservations addition fees will be the responsibility of the visitor and must be paid prior to changes.


After your arrival and verification of your travel plans with the housing manager, an invoice will be presented to you (a pre-invoice can be generated prior to your visit if requested, by contacting: himbdorm@hawaii.edu).

To settle this invoice you must provide a form of payment (check, credit card or US currency) to the Director's office prior to your departure. The Director's Office is open to receive payments Monday thru Friday from 08:30 to 16:00. Please note that graduate residents are not authorized to accept payments.

Please make checks payable to: RCUH project 0001288
*RCUH- The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii

Checks can be mailed in advanced to:

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
P.O. Box 1346
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Attention: Fiscal Office

**Please indicate the invoice number on the check.

If no payment is received, your credit card will be charged.
If you are staying for an extended period of time, you will be charged at the beginning of the month.

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Recommended Items to Pack

Items HIMB Provides


Dorm housing comes with pots and pans, dishes and utensils and toilet tissue. Lanai suites have communal access to a kitchen.
**The visitor must provide all other items.

Checking Out

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