The mission of the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is to conduct multi-disciplinary research and education in all aspects of tropical marine biology. HIMB continues to be a world leader in research to understand and conserve tropical marine ecosystems. We develop and implement new technologies that advance the informed stewardship of Hawaii’s marine and coastal biodiversity.
The HIMB Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 outlines the objectives, strategies, and benchmarks for research excellence, multidisciplinary teaching, and institutional development at HIMB (click link or report image to download a PDF copy).
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.
Kane‘ohe Bay, on the northeastern coast of the island of O‘ahu, is the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian archipelago. Moku o Lo'e, also known as Coconut Island, is located in the southern section of Kane‘ohe Bay about a fifth of a mile from the nearest point of land on Oahu. The island covers approximately 29 acres, with an additional 6 acres enclosed in adjacent lagoons that are used for research. If you are coming to the Hawaii Insitute of Marine Biology, we have driving directions and maps available.
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