Contact us

Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology
46-007 Lilipuna Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Tour Inquiries

Phone: (808)235-9302
Email: himbcep@hawaii.edu

General Inquiries

Phone: (808) 236-7401
Fax: (808) 236-7443
Email: himb@hawaii.edu

 

Location & Directions

Location

Map of Kāneʻohe

Location of Kāneʻohe Bay on Oʻahu.

HIMB is located on Moku o Loʻe (Coconut Island) in Kāneʻohe Bay on the windward side of Oʻahu. Kāneʻohe Bay is located on the northeastern coast of the island of Oʻahu and is the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian archipelago. Moku o Loʻe is a 29-acre island located in southern Kāneʻohe Bay, about 0.2 miles from the nearest point of land on Oʻahu.

 

Getting to Moku o Loʻe

From Honolulu:
  • Drive H1 West-bound
  • Take (63) Likelike Highway
  • Then (83) Kahekili Highway exit
  • Turn right on Haʻikū Road
  • Windward Mall is located at Haʻikū Road and Kamehameha Highway
From the West side of Oʻahu
  • Drive H3 East-bound toward Kāneʻohe
  • Take Kāneʻohe exit (#9) onto (63) Likelike Highway
  • Then (83) Kahekili Highway exit
  • Turn right on Haʻikū Road
  • Windward Mall is located at Haʻikū Road and Kamehameha Highway

 

Parking & Transportation

Parking at HIMB is very limited on Lilipuna Pier. Visitor parking can be reserved ahead of time through the Director’s office for those on official university business.

Overflow parking is currently located across the street from Windward Mall in Kāneʻohe with shuttle van service to Lilipuna Pier. HIMB designated parking is along the Alaloa Street and canal sides of the parking lot (please refer to the area in red in the map below). The shuttle van will pick up passengers by the stairs next to the car detailing area.  When shuttle van service operates on-call, you can arrange a pick-up by calling the shuttle van at (808)218-2014. The shuttle van runs continuously non-stop between 7:30-9:30 am from the pier to the mall and back. After 9:30, the shuttle van runs on-call. From 3:00 to 5:30 pm, the shuttle van runs continuously non-stop. 5:30 pm is the last shuttle. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

For larger groups, it is best if the driver drops off passengers at the Lilipuna Pier and then parks at Windward Mall to get the shuttle van, as the van only holds 6 passengers.

The shuttle is a white minivan with a green University of Hawaiʻi decal on the doors. The ride from Windward Mall is about 5 minutes. The shuttle van will drop you off at the end of Lilipuna Pier, where a small shuttle boat will pick you up for a one-minute ride to the island.

 


SHUTTLE SCHEDULE

Once you get to the island, consult the Coconut Island Map to get around.