More about HIMB and Coconut Island

Landstat image of island of O'ahu showing Kane'ohe Bay and Coconut Island.


Kane‘ohe Bay, on the northeastern coast of the island of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. We have a “Driving Directions” web page, and a couple of maps available as a PDF.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact us at:

A Brief History of Coconut Island

A brief history of this unique site on Moku O Lo‘e, popularly known as “Coconut Island.”

An excerpt: In 1947, the late Edwin W. Pauley provided an opportunity to establish a marine laboratory on Coconut Island, and the marine sciences entered into a new era in Hawai’i. In 1993, the Pauley family again, in an act of far-reaching vision and generosity, provided funds to purchase the private portion of Coconut Island and construct a new world-class marine laboratory on the island.

Education at HIMB


HIMB is a research institute of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Graduate and undergraduate students of the UH departments of Zoology and Oceanography take classes and conduct research at HIMB in association with HIMB faculty.

Degrees Offered

None. Degrees are granted by various departments at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, including the four departments within SOEST and the Departments of Zoology and Microbiology.

Undergraduate Courses Offered

None. Undergraduate students do, however, participate in many of our research projects. Please contact the Department of Zoology (2538 The Mall, Edmonson Hall, Honolulu, HI 96822, phone 808-956-8617) or the Department of Oceanography (1000 Pope Road, MSB 307, Honolulu, HI 96822, phone 808-956-7633) for further information on becoming a student.

Graduate Courses Offered

None, although HIMB does provide facilities for graduate student research programs. Please contact the Zoology or Oceanography department (above), or the Graduate School Division (University of Hawai‘i, Graduate Division, Spalding Hall 352A, Honolulu, HI 96822) for further information.


Employment and internships are available on a project-by-project basis. Please visit our Faculty page to find out what research is currently being conducted at HIMB.  Then send a resume or curriculum vitae for review to HIMB at the address listed at the top of this page. Should any of the faculty or staff be interested, they will contact you directly.


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