About Us - Moana Institute Maui
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To empower young people to be passionate advocates for and caring stewards of our ocean environments.

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About Us

The Moana Institute Maui, as a subsidiary of Maui Preparatory Academy, provides “hands on, feet wet” marine science-based experiences for middle and high school students from around the world.  Our place-based learning approach ensures that students receive a well-rounded experience focusing on the ecology, the culture and the economic drivers of the beautiful island of Maui.  The Moana Institute Maui has partnered with world-class organizations to supplement the delivery these exciting programs to our students.

Hale Maui – Dormitory

During your stay, you will reside at Hale Maui, our residential facility. Hale Maui is just steps away from the ocean. You and your roommates will live in one of several, spacious dorm apartments. As a community, we gather in “The Nest”, Hale Maui’s penthouse, to share meals, engage with guest lecturers, and have community gatherings. Our residential faculty provide a safe, caring, and supportive environment allowing you to have the most memorable time possible on Maui.

Kitchen & Bedroom
The beach in front of Hale Maui
Farmer's Market & Deli 2 min walk
Maui bbq
Honokowai Park 5 min walk

Our Faculty

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Ryan Kirkham

Executive Director

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Charlotte Kelly

Science Faculty

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Dr. Eliza Garfield

Marine Ecologist

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Our Partner Instructors

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Ekolu Lindsey


Maui Cultural Lands

Polaniu Hiu


Mark Deakos, Ph.D.

Founder and Chief Scientist

Hawaii Association for Marine Education & Research


Keahi Ho

Founder and Captain

GungHo Sailing

Our Partners

Moana Institute Maui has partnered with the following respected Maui organizations to further enhance your educational experience.

County of Maui State of Hawaii
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GungHo Sailing Maui high school
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Hawaiian islands land trust logo
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Our Programs

Semester on Island