Aloha and welcome to the Kalākaua Marine Education Center (KMEC)

Students in QUEST program conduct a training survey

Aloha and welcome to the Kalakaua Marine Education Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  The Center operates the UHH sailing and motor vessels, including our flagship, the R/V Four Winds, and coordinates the field activities of the Marine Option Program and the Marine Science Summer Program, including the innovative course in coral reef research techniques (QUEST).  The Center supports the Marine Science Department, which offers a well-rounded degree in the marine sciences, and is working toward establishing a field station at Puako on the Kona side of the island of Hawaii.  The Center is also a partner in the Marine Science Language Exchange Program between the U.S. and the European Union. 

E komo mai, please look around and drop us a note if you have any quesitons.

Our Mission

As a leader in undergraduate marine science education in the Pacific, our mission is to offer high quality experiential undergraduate education in marine sciences relevant to the needs of the Pacific region.


We are located on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii, the largest, least crowded, and southernmost island in the Hawaiian chain.

Contact Information

Telephone:             808-932-7601,   FAX:   808-932-7295
Postal address 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, Hi. 96720-4091
Electronic mail
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Today is Thursday July 24, 2014

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