Hawaiʻi Marine Education and Research Center

​The Hawaiʻi Marine Education and Research Center (HawaiiMERC) facilitates education, conservation, and scientific investigation of the marine environment in the Hawaiian Islands.

Our 100% volunteer team supports research of the coastal and marine environment, and provides opportunities to connect cultural and scientific perspectives for the sustainability of coastal and reef ecosystems in South Kona, Hawaiʻi and beyond. Find out more about us.

Hawaiʻi Marine Education and Research Center

​The Hawaiʻi Marine Education and Research Center (HawaiiMERC) facilitates education, conservation, and scientific investigation of the marine environment in the Hawaiian Islands.

Our 100% volunteer team supports research of the coastal and marine environment, and provides opportunities to connect cultural and scientific perspectives for the sustainability of coastal and reef ecosystems in South Kona, Hawaiʻi and beyond. Find out more about us.

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As we venture further into the season of Makahiki, HawaiiMERC takes a moment to reflect on the great work of our partners and friends this past summer 2022. ... See MoreSee Less

As we venture further into the season of Makahiki, HawaiiMERC takes a moment to reflect on the great work of our partners and friends this past summer 2022.

Happy Veterans Day! While you enjoy your day at the beach remember these few ways you can help protect our coral reefs. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Veterans Day! While you enjoy your day at the beach remember these few ways you can help protect our coral reefs.

Do you know what resources are available to you and your community? Come and join us on December 4th 2022 at Rodney Yano Hall in Captain Cook to meet and talk story with local agencies and non profits available. #reefrestoration #community #hawaii #reef #TogetherWeCan #coralreef #conservation ... See MoreSee Less

Do you know what resources are available to you and your community? Come and join us on December 4th 2022 at Rodney Yano Hall in Captain Cook to meet and talk story with local agencies and non profits available.  #reefrestoration #community #hawaii #reef #TogetherWeCan #coralreef #conservation

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Mahalo nui to the kūpuna and friends of Hōnaunau (Paiea) for hosting the MERC-ASU-DLNR team for a reef survey and sharing of knowledge. Find out more!


We had the great pleasure of talking story for a few hours with Uncle Chuck Leslie, also known as the last opeluman. Read more and watch the video!


Mahalo, Crispin Nakoa, for sharing water quality results with Kua O Ka Lā school and community members in Miloliʻi! Read more!


Great night sharing stories and manaʻo with our friends from One People One Reef at Papa Bay! Read more!


It's keiki #coral counting season, when we survey the new recruits on South Kona's reefs! Read more!

Activity Map on Hawaiʻi Island

Touch an icon to see the activities of HawaiiMERC.



Mahalo nui to the kūpuna and friends of Hōnaunau (Paiea) for hosting the MERC-ASU-DLNR team for a reef survey and sharing of knowledge. Find out more!


We had the great pleasure of talking story for a few hours with Uncle Chuck Leslie, also known as the last opeluman. Read more and watch the video!


Mahalo, Crispin Nakoa, for sharing water quality results with Kua O Ka Lā school and community members in Miloliʻi! Read more!


Great night sharing stories and manaʻo with our friends from One People One Reef at Papa Bay! Read more!


It's keiki #coral counting season, when we survey the new recruits on South Kona's reefs! Read more!

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