School Programs

Expedition to Moku o Lo`e

Includes one or two hands-on lab activities (Plankton and/or Algae Lab)

3 hour program with the option for lunch on island at our Beach House pavilion
For students 4th - 8th grade

Hawaii schools (in-state credit or grade generating courses or programs certified by the State Dept of Education or equivalent) $125 up to 20 participants, $6 each additional participant

Out of state schools, ecotour groups, summer fun programs, ect. $125 up to 10 students, $12 each additional participant 

Plankton Lab


As our visiting marine biologists, each class will collect their own plankton sample by deploying a plankton net from our large research vessel and towing it across Kane`ohe Bay on the way to Moku o Lo`e.   

Once arriving, the students make their way to our Marine Science Research Learning Center where they observe the sample under a microscope.  They then use our newly developed Kane`ohe Bay Plankton Field Guides to identify different types of plankton found in the sample.  Students learn to sketch scientifically by drawing commonly found zooplankton such as copepods, crab larvae (zoea), and chaetognaths (arrowworms) and focusing on the organisms most distinguishing features.




Invasive Algae Lab 

Students sift through an invasive algae known as gorilla ogo or Gracilaria salicornia gathered from a lagoon at Moku o Lo`e.  They pick out the small invertebrates and separate them by phylum in order to numerically characterize the habitat.  By counting how many of each organism was found, they draw conclusions about the types of marine life an invasive algae-dominated habitat can sustain.  


    

Walking Tours

2 hour program with the option for lunch at our Beach House pavilion
For students in 4th grade and up (*see request form for required chaperone/student ratios) 

Students receive a broad overview of HIMB research, hands-on activities, and stops at the invertebrate tanks and shark enclosures.

Hawaii schools (in-state credit or grade generating courses or programs certified by the State Dept of Education or equivalent) $80 up to 20 participants, $4 each additional participant

Out of state schools, ecotour groups, summer fun programs, ect. $80 for up to 10 participants, $8 each additional participant



 

Special Programs - *upon request

    • Email us at: himbcep@hawaii.edu 
    For overnights: see our "Visit Us" page 

    Booking a reservation
    • Please download and fill out the following forms, and send via email or fax.
      Email himbcep@hawaii.edu for available dates, and view our calendar for possible openings.

      All participants must have the following HIMB Waiver signed and brought with them on the day of their visit or they cannot participate.  
      Children under 18 must have a legal parent/guardian sign for them. 

      Email: himbcep@hawaii.edu
      Fax: (808) 235-9300

      Payment can be brought on the day of your visit or arranged in advance
       
      If you do not receive a confirmation from us within a week of sending in your form, please contact: 
      (808) 235-9302 or himbcep@hawaii.edu

      Shuttle Boats

    • Necessary for transport to and from Moku o Lo'e 
    • No boat fees are charged for groups of 12 participants or less
    • Boat fees range between $25-$125 depending on group size and vessel use, please contact himbcep@hawaii.edu for more informatio

     

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