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Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)
46-007 Lilipuna Road
Kaneohe, HI 96744

HIMB is located in Kāneʻohe Bay on the northeastern coast of the island of Oʻahu. Kāneʻohe Bay is on the windward side of Oʻahu and is the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian archipelago. HIMB occupies a 29-acre island, approximately 0.2 miles from shore. The island, known as Moku o Loʻe or Coconut Island, is accessed by shuttle boat from Lilapuna Pier.

Map of Kāneʻohe

Location of Kāneʻohe Bay on Oʻahu.

Flying to Oahu

The airport on Oʻahu is Honolulu International Airport (HNL), also know as Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. It is approximately 14 miles/23 km to HIMB from the airport. Traffic conditions are highly variable and affect travel time.

Getting to Lilipuna Pier

CAR – Please see parking information below.

BUS – Route 55 or 65 to Windward Mall (see overflow parking information below). Public transportation website: http://thebus.org/ 

If you get to the pier during normal business hours, you can walk to the shuttle boat dock, the boat driver will shuttle you to the island. Once you arrive, consult the map to get where you need to be.


Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Monday through Friday
Space at Lilipuna Pier is extremely limited and requires a parking permit. Visitors and those without a parking permit must park off-site. Please utilize our Overflow Parking and Shuttle Van service. For official university business, visitor parking at Lilipuna Pier can be reserved in advance through the Director’s office.

Overflow Parking

The overflow parking lot is located at Windward Mall between the two-story parking structure on the back side of the mall and Alaloa Street (stalls marked in red on map). The free shuttle van will drop you off at Lilapuna Pier (5 minute ride) for shuttle boat access.

Directions 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
Directions from 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

Shuttle Van

The van operates Monday through Friday (except holidays) between the Overflow Parking Lot and Lilipuna Pier. The overflow lot pick up zone is located next to parking structure staircase/car detailing business. Look for the vehicle with a green University of Hawaiʻi door decal.


  • 7:30-9:30 am – Continuous Service
  • 9:30 am – 3:00 pm – On-Call: (808) 218-2014 (15 minutes advance notice)
  • 3:00-5:15 pm Continuous Service

Last shuttle at 5:15 pm

Special Instructions for Large Groups (+6)
Please drop off passengers at Lilipuna Pier, then park in Overflow Parking


Once you get to the island, consult the Coconut Island Map to get around.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]