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Vessels

University of Hawaiʻi (UH) Marine Center operates the research vessel, R/V Kilo Moana, a 186' SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) vessel and coordinates the maintenance and operations of the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), Luʻukai, capable of diving to 6000 m, as well as several ocean gliders used by C-MORE, HOT, and other programs. We wished "a hui hou" to the research vessel, R/V Kaʻimikai-O-Kanaloa (KOK). She severed as part of the UH research fleet for 25 years until she was decommissioned Spring 2018.

The UH Marine Center also contracts local vessels for charter operations if a suitable vessel is not available from the marine center. If a scientist needs assistance in selecting a suitable vessel for a project, it may be possible to provide a contract vehicle through existing agreements or we may be able to provide advice on Hawaiʻi-based charter vessels that are suitable for project needs. Contact Marine Operations Superintendent for more information.



R/V KILO MOANA

The R/V Kilo Moana (Hawaiian for "Oceanographer"), a 186' Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessel, is part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet and operated by the University of Hawaiʻi Marine Center.

LUʻUKAI ROV

UH SOEST has a 6000m rated ROV, Luʻukai ("Sea Diver"), designed and built by DOER Marine, Alameda CA in 2013. ROV Luʻukai is available for sampling and data collection from abyssal to shallow coastal and seamount waters.

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PISCES IV & PISCES V

The submarines Pisces IV and Pisces V are three-person, battery-powered, one-atmosphere submersibles with a maximum operating depth of 2000 m (6,280 ft). They are currently inactive due to the decommissioning of their support ship, R/V Kaʻimikai-O-Kanaloa.

A Hui Hou! R/V KAʻIMIKAI-O-KANALOA

R/V Kaʻimikai-O-Kanaloa (Hawaiian for "Heavenly Searcher of the Sea"), a 223' single-hulled vessel, was decommissioned in 2018 after 25 years of service as a marine research vessel. Mahalo, KOK!

Haliʻa aloha R/V MOANA WAVE

We fondly remember the R/V Moana Wave, the University’s first full-time research vessel. She undertook the inaugural cruise of the Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT) in October 1988 and supported a majority of the physical-biogeochemical expeditions to Station ALOHA throughout her years of service from 1974-1999.

R/V KILO MOANA

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.

LUʻUKAI ROV

UH SOEST has a 6000m rated ROV, Luʻukai ("Sea Diver"), designed and built by DOER Marine, Alameda CA in 2013. ROV Luʻukai is available for sampling and data collection from abyssal to shallow coastal and seamount waters.

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PISCES IV & PISCES V

The submarines Pisces IV and Pisces V are three-person, battery-powered, one-atmosphere submersibles with a maximum operating depth of 2000 m (6,280 ft). They are currently inactive due to the decommissioning of their support ship, R/V Kaʻimikai-O-Kanaloa.

A Hui Hou! R/V KAʻIMIKAI-O-KANALOA

R/V Kaʻimikai-O-Kanaloa (Hawaiian for "Heavenly Searcher of the Sea"), a 223' single-hulled vessel, was decommissioned after 25 years of service as a marine research vessel. Mahalo, KOK!

Haliʻa aloha R/V MOANA WAVE

We fondly remember the R/V Moana Wave , the University’s first research vessel.