About HIMB and Coconut Island

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 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.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, 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.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact us at:

Mailing Address:

  • The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
  • P.O. Box 1346
  • Kane‘ohe, Hawai‘i 96744
  • Email general questions
  • tel: (808) 236-7401 or (808) 236-7407
  • fax: (808) 236-7443


Delivery / Street Address:

  • The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
  • 46-007 Lilipuna Road
  • Kane‘ohe, Hawai‘i 96744

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