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The Kalakaua Marine Education Center is located at the University of Hawai'i' at Hilo, a primarily undergraduate, liberal arts institution located on the east side of the Big Island of Hawai'i consisting of approximately 2500 students. 
Kalakaua Marine Education Center's research vessel, the Four Winds

The mission of the Kalakaua Marine Education Center is to promote excellence in marine education by challenging students to think critically and creatively about the natural world and their role in it. To achieve these goals we have developed a multidisciplinary, experiential program which combines traditional education, marine recreation, internships and field method workshops. These objectives are realized in our marine science baccalaureate degree program, the Marine Option Program, our award-winning summer session, and QUEST, a coral reef monitoring workshop. Our baccalaureate degree program is designed to provide practical, working knowledge of the biology, chemistry, geology and physics of the world's oceans, with a special emphasis on the tropical Pacific. Many of our courses are field oriented and incorporate writing and speaking intensive presentations of student field research. The Marine Option Program is a University of Hawai'i system-wide program designed to give all students a marine experience. At Hilo this includes camping, sailing, snorkeling, green sea turtle tagging, guest speakers and informal workshops on a variety of marine-related topics. During the summer we offer several courses from our marine science major in addition to speciality courses which take advantage of the unique environment of the big island of Hawai'i. Finally, QUEST is a special two-week workshop taught at UH-Hilo by faculty from throughout the University of Hawai'i system which focuses on the ecological monitoring of coral reefs. Students in this course learn the theory and practice of conducting safe and scientifically valid surveys on coral reefs using a variety of monitoring methods.


Overview of our Bachelor of Arts in Marine Science
Course descriptions, schedules & degree tracks
Undergraduate Degree Program

Explore the Marine Option Program
Marine education, recreation, & community service
Marine Options Program

Our award-winning
summer session

Course descriptions
& schedules

Summer Session

Quantitative Underwater Ecological Survey Techniques
Description & requirements for our workshop

Meet the faculty & staff
Individual profiles and
web sites

Faculty & Staff

Meet the students
Profiles, web sites and the marine science club

Description of our facilities
Boats & technical


Research projects
Descriptions of faculty & student research
Research Projects

Student support material
Advising information & online curriculum
Student Support

Links to web sites
Marine related institutions and data sites
Links to the World

  See what our graduates have to say!

Kalakaua Marine Education Center
Natural Sciences Division
200 West Kawili Street
University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

tel: 808-974-7544
fax: 808-974-7693

Last revision: March 3, 1998


NOTE: for general information on Admissions and Financial Aid visit Visit UH-Hilo's main Web Site 

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