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An Immersive Marine Science Education Experience

Our Programs

Best in class programs to cater to a global audience.

Program One: Semester On Island

Have you ever dreamed about living or going to school in Hawai’i?  Now is your chance!  The Moana Institute’s “Semester On Island” program is designed for high school students desiring to immerse themselves in the beautiful ecosystems the island of Maui has to offer.  Semester On Island students partake in science, math, history, literature and elective courses focused on marine studies all while earning high school academic credit through the Moana Institute’s partnership with Maui Preparatory Academy.  Come join us for a fall or spring semester!


Registration now open for 2018 Programs.

Program Two: Summer at Moana

Through the Summer@Moana program, the Moana Institute offers exciting and engaging 13-day summer programs to students aged 12-17.  Activities during these sessions involve snorkeling in tropical waters, hiking to waterfalls in bamboo forests, sailing to premiere destinations on Maui’s coastline, and if you’re feeling adventurous enough (and we know you are), maybe even earning various SCUBA diving certifications.  Join us now for your adventure-filled summer of a lifetime!


Spots now open for Summer 2017.

Session #1, June 15 – June 28, 2017
Session #2, June 30 – July 13, 2017
Session #3, July 23 – August 4, 2017 **SOLD OUT**

World Class Partners

The Moana Institute partners with industry and research leaders to provide the best marine studies program available.

Award Winning Staff

Moana Institute faculty and staff are the best of the best.  Their primary aim is to provide engaging, thought-provoking, life-changing, but most of all, safe experiences that will leave you wanting to come back again.

Unequalled Adventure

Buckle up and get ready to experience everything Maui has to offer.  Your friends will be jealous, your parents will wish they could go back in time, and you will come back with incredible stories to share.

Premiere Location

Consistently voted one the best islands in the world, Maui’s natural beauty is truly awe-inspiring. Tropical waters, lush rainforests, and golden beaches as your classroom? Seriously.


Coral Reef Ecology

The coral reef serves as a community for a host of different organisms, many found only in Hawaiian waters. The reef can be thought of like a city; every inhabitant has its role to play.

Research Methodology

We don’t just learn science, we do science. Moana Institute students partner to world leading scientists and participate in meaningful and impactful research projects. Manta rays, humpback whales and coral reefs await.

Marine Mammology

Every winter and spring, Maui’s waters play home to the majestic humpback whale. There is no greater place in the world to observe these gentle giants.


There is no better place to gain a thorough understanding of the concept of sustainability than on the most isolated island chain in the world. The lessons learned and initiatives embarked upon while on Maui will have a long-lasting impact on the lives of our students.

Watershed Systems

From the mountain to the sea (ahupua’a), everything is connected.  What happens in the rainforest, on the ridge, or in our backyard has a direct impact on the ocean.


Building on the principle of “interconnectedness”, Moana Institute students engage with the physical and chemical aspects of our oceans. Distant storms, ocean currents and sea bottom geography all play a role in determining the next big surf swell.

Number of fish species found only in Hawai’i


Weight in pounds of a newborn humpback whale


Time in seconds it takes you to walk from your room to the beach


Height in feet of Maui’s tallest volcano