UHMC LogoThe UH Marine Center is responsible for coordinating operations on and maintaining the 186’ SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) R/V Kilo Moana (KM) and the 223’ R/V Ka’imikai-O-Kanaloa (KOK). UH Marine Center facilities are currently located at Pier 35 in Honolulu Harbor. These facilities include: pier space for the KM, KOK, visiting research vessels, and several smaller vessels; a machine shop; cranes; and storage facilities. Services provided by the Marine Center include: ship scheduling; provision of shipboard crew and technicians; engineering support; coordination of shared equipment such as underwater vehicles, submersibles, and small boats; and vessel chartering.

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The R/V Kilo Moana (Hawaiian for “Oceanographer”) is a 186’ Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessel owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by the University of Hawaii Marine Center. Because of her unique SWATH design, the Kilo Moana is a very stable and comfortable platform from which to conduct oceanographic research.



The R/V Ka’imikai-O-Kanaloa (Hawaiian for “Heavenly Searcher of the Sea”) is a 223’ single-hulled vessel now owned and operated by the University of Hawaii Marine Center. She was modified in 1993 to serve as the primary support ship for three submersibles, but also functions as a multi-purpose oceanographic research vessel.

Ship Schedules

This section contains information about current and proposed ship schedules for the R/V Kilo Moana, the R/V Ka’imikai-O-Kanaloa, and UH operated small boats. For security purposes, detailed scheduling information for the Kilo Moana is password protected.

Ship Daily Reports

Archive of daily operational reports from the research vessels R/V Ka’imikai-O-Kanaloa and the R/V Kilo Moana. The ship daily report archive contains operation information dating back to 2005.