Welcome to Hawaii Ocean Science

For people looking to travel abroad Hawaii is a tropical paradise, but it also boasts an extremely diverse range of ocean life that can often go unnoticed. The role of this website is to provide an informational portal about ocean science in and around Hawaii and outline different aspects of ocean science and technology.

Ocean science in Hawaii

Hawaii boasts a vast array of ocean wildlife. For centuries it has provided marine biologists, oceanographers and biologists with an incredible platform for research. Advances in technology have now enabled researchers to delve deeper into this other world and find out more about life in the waters around Hawaii.

Oceanography encompasses all living species, from microscopic plants to large mammals. The study of oceanography is focused on various different aspects of ocean life, including the likes of oceanographic processes, which detail the processes that occur in the ocean.

Studying ocean science

There are many different research techniques used by oceanographers, marine biologists and researchers. Research projects and programmes may be small-scale studies that focus on very specific aspects or organisms or large-scale studies, which may involve a whole eco-system or species.

The majority of studies involve gathering physical evidence. This usually requires the employment of divers or specialist marine technology and equipment to collect samples, after which the information gathered is used for analysis and evaluation purposes. There are also specialist computer software and programmes, which can be used to help during the research process.


Advances in technology and engineering have had a real impact on ocean science in Hawaii. Technology is evolving all the time and this means that researchers can use new and innovative ways to access information and find out more about ocean life. Technological developments have changed the way many research processes are undertaken – physical samples and evidence can now be obtained from almost any environment, with the help of robotic vehicles that are capable of going under water, satellite sensors that direct researchers to particular points of interest, laser technology and digital imaging which create detailed images of underwater environments. The evolution of technology has undoubtedly opened many doors for researchers in Hawaii and this trend looks set to continue in the future as innovative new equipment becomes available.