The Marine Science Department maintains a number of boats for education and research. Questions about the boats or reserving time on the boats, please contact the Boating Safety Program.

R/V Makani 'Aha
39' Force Cat

MARE Boat with a rainbow in the background
R/V Makani 'Aha
  • Meaning: "Four Winds"
  • Built in 2010, and repowered in 2012 with twin 305 Cummins engines
  • Hydraulic A-frame and windlass
  • 1000 Watt true sine inverter
  • Garmin GPS, 50/200 khz sounder
  • Communications system
  • Long range

Rigid Hull Inflatables
10 ft, 12 ft

Rigid Inflateable Boat with student crew aboard
Rigid Inflatable Boats
  • Trailerable

Ka Imi Na 'Auao
18' Larson

Ka Imi boat with single person aboard
Ka Imi Na 'Auao
  • Meaning: "To search for the truth"
  • Recently repowered with Yamaha 115 hp outboard
  • GPS, 50/200 kHz sounder
  • Trailerable

April Maru
25' Force Runabout

April Maru boat in background, swimmer in foreground
April Maru and diver
  • "Maru", Japanese for "Circle", ensuring a safe return.
  • GPS, 50/200 kHz sounder
  • Trailerable