Visiting Moku o Lo‘e involves inherent dangers and risks, which may include but are not limited to transportation by auto, boat, or other vehicle to and from program locations, biological and chemical laboratory work, muddy, slippery, uneven surfaces and stairs, falling tree limbs and coconuts, insects, nearby construction activities, physical exertion, possible exposure to heat and strong sun, day and/or night swimming and snorkeling in ocean environments, hazards from watercraft and watercraft-based activities, hazardous or changing ocean and tidal conditions and currents, dangerous, aggressive or poisonous marine life, and exposure to coral, reef, and pelagic environments.
RULES & REGULATIONS
HIMB rules include the following:
(Individual groups at HIMB may have additional rules.)
- All interns, volunteers, and visiting researchers must be sponsored by an HIMB faculty member or authorized staff member.
- Keep safe. If you see something that you feel is not safe, or you don’t have proper training to do something safely, notify your sponsor or mentor.
- All federal, state, and local laws apply.
- Everyone must comply with the University of Hawai‘i Policy on Acceptable Use of University Computer and Information Resources.
- Smoking of any kind, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited at HIMB.
- Conserve water and electricity.
- Don’t litter.
- Use caution when walking near the water’s edge.
- Do not stand or walk on sea walls.
- Use a dive flag and a buddy when swimming, snorkeling, or diving from Moku o Loʻe and check in and out with a shore based contact.
- SCUBA diving and vessel operations at HIMB require specific authorization and approval.
- Unless authorized by a DNLR Special Activities Permit, all collecting and all fishing are not allowed on the reef around Moku o Lo‘e from the shore to 25 feet beyond the outer edge of the reef.
- Do not step on or touch the coral.
- Do not touch or disturb any research gear, instruments, tanks or cages that you find on island or in the water.
- Visitors 5 and under do not have the cognitive maturity and self awareness to follow rules and regulations, the visiting adult chaperones need to take extra special care to ensure they stay safe.