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University of Hawaii at Hilo

Welcome to the UH-Hilo
Marine Option Program

Aloha and welcome to the University of Hawaii at Hilo Marine Option Program's (or MOP) web page. A certificate awarding program at UH-Hilo, MOP offers a certificate for students of all majors at UHH. Students in Art can do a marine related piece of art or underwater photography of marine species for science or art. Or students in aquaculture can do a project with a marine emphasis, such as aquarium fish culturing to fish farming. Students of other majors such as computer science have done projects on databases related to oceanography data. MOP also oversees the sea turtle stranding program in East Hawaii.

At Hilo, stop by the MOP shop, located on the main campus in the natural sciences complex - it is a resource center for students. MOP also provides scientific dive training at UH Hilo, and operates a Nitrox air fill station and dive locker for research diving as well as our QUEST scientific diving program. If not at MOP, you can also find one of the MOP coordinators in their office or by e-mail.

Big Mahalo's to those on Sept. 4th, who helped clean and renovate the MOP Shop! Picts can be found <click here>

Not in Hilo, but interested in the program? Look over our web page and E-mail us at with any questions you may have. You can also contact our admissions office for information on enrolling at UH-Hilo!.


North West Hawaiian Island Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Hi'ilalakai research cruise September 17-October 21, see the blog spot for John Coney's adventure! 

MOP Office hours are posted <here>

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