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.
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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