Island Life

FAQS About Island Life

2WiFi
The Lanai Suites, library, and the dorms are equipped with free WIFI. The password is posted on the wall of every building.

Please abide by the following:
  • Note the Universityʻs strict guidelines for acceptable computer use.
  • File sharing is strictly prohibited.
3Kitchens
Each dormitory building is equipped with its own kitchen. Guests in the Lanai Suites can use the Pauley Classroom Kitchen or Lagoon Pavilion. Please wash your dishes regularly and cover leftover food to avoid insect problems.

If using a communal fridge, please label your items with name and date. At the end of your stay, please give your food to someone, or throw it away. Food items should not be left in the fridge or cabinets.

4Security/Emergency
Moku o Loʻe has 24-hour security. Security can be reached at (808)218-2014.
5Collecting Permits & Vertebrate Animal Use
A Special Activiy Permit is required for any researcher to collect aquatic life or use fishing gear which is otherwise prohibited.
6Kāneʻohe Shopping
Several grocery stores, restaurants, a shopping mall, movie theaters, drugstores, and other shops are located on the corner of Lilipuna Road and Kamehameha Hwy, approximately 1 mile/1.6 km from Lilipuna Pier. There is limited nightly shuttle service between Lilipuna Pier and the supermarket.
7Beaches
Kailua Beach Park in Kailua is the closest swimming beach, approximately 30 minutes by car.
8Laundry
Clean sheets and a towel will be provided to you at the beginning of your stay.

Washers and dryers are located at Hale Kaku and Hale Hinalea. Bring your own detergent. If someoneʻs wash is done and left in the machine, please move it to the dryer. If the dryer is done, please remove the clothes before putting in your own.

9Life Jackets
If you are bringing children under the age of 13 to the island, they are required by law to wear a life jacket. This applies to children who are going to be staying on the island as well as those just visiting for a few hours.

The HIMB shuttle boat carries a limited number of juvenile life jackets, but if possible please provide your own. HIMB does not have any infant life jackets; please supply your own. Compliance with this law is mandatory.

10Mail/Copy Machine
Stamped mail may be sent from the mail room in the back of the main office of the main lab. Depending on the duration of your visit, please have your faculty sponsor introduce you to the office staff to arrange for a personal mailbox. Mail can also be sent to you in the care of (c/o) your sponsor.

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1346
Kāneʻohe, HI 96744

There are photocopy and fax machines in the office. Please see the office staff to use these.
11Parking
Parking is not available for guests in the Lilipuna Pier parking lot.

Driving directions to Coconut Island are available on our contact page.

Visitor parking is currently located at Windward Mall in Kāneʻohe with shuttle van service to Lilipuna Pier.
12SCUBA
Visiting researchers hoping to incorporate SCUBA into their research programs should visit the University of Hawaiʻi’s Diving Safety Program website and contact Dave Pence, the University of Hawaiʻi diving safety officer for certification procedures.

Scientific SCUBA requirements are substantial so it is suggested you contact the diving safety program well in advance of your intended stay. The University of Hawaiʻi is an AAUS-certified institution.

Dive Flags

Whenever snorkeling or diving in the bay and around the island, it is important to carry a dive flag with you for safety reasons. Dive flags are located with the life jackets in a room with double green doors located to the left of the stairs (looking towards to bay) on the ground floor of the main lab.
13Airplanes/Drones
Moku o Loʻe is situated in the direct flight path of Kāneʻohe Marine Base Hawaiʻi. The noise from aircraft taking off and landing can be considerable during the day, though plane traffic is sporadic and rare in the evenings.

Also, because of the marine base flight path, please contact the main office if you plan to fly a drone over the island, as we must coordinate with the base.
14Tours
We encourage all groups staying on island to schedule a tour to learn about HIMB’s history and current research projects.

Please contact the Community Education Program for more information.
15Transportation
There is no public transportation from Lilipuna Pier. Oahu’s bus system (“TheBus”) stops at the intersections of Kamehameha Highway and Lilipuna Road near the Windward Mall.

Please visit TheBus website for current schedules and route information.
16Visitors
If you plan to bring visitors to the island, you must fill out a Visitor Report Form prior to the visit date. All visitors must fill out a Waiver/Release form. These forms are available in the office. If some of the visitors will be children, please read the section on Life Jackets.
17Boating
Please abide by all boating rules and note that you must stay clear of all dive flags by at least 100 feet/30 meters.