Hawaii Climate, Accommodations, and Time at Sea

Photo of shipboard lab.
Photo showing view from dorm.
Photo of 2006 participants on bow of Kilo Moana.


In July, daytime temperatures in Hawaii can be hot (average temperature in July 29.4°C). Most building are air conditioned; however, the dormitory housing is not. Students should bring clothing that suits this climate; shorts can be worn during lectures and laboratories. We suggest bringing a long-sleeved sweatshirt to be worn in the air-conditioned classrooms. Closed-toed shoes are required during laboratory research. In addition, while at sea, students should bring closed-toed shoes that can get wet.

The SOEST Department of Meteorology’s home page has current Honolulu weather conditions. Detailed information about weather conditions and forecasts are available at the UH Weather Server.


Students will be sharing dormitory rooms on the University of Hawaii campus. Linens will be provided by the campus housing; however students will need to bring a towel.

There are a variety of meal options available on campus. Students can eat at a central cafeteria at the University of Hawaii or select from one of several local eateries. For more information on the University of Hawaii at Moana campus (including an interactive campus map and information about campus life) please see manoa.hawaii.edu.

Time at Sea

While at sea, students will share cabins. All linen will be provided on the research vessel. In addition, three meals are served at sea. Although the R/V Kilo Moana is renowned for its stability at sea, students prone to seasickness, or those unsure if they get seasick, should bring appropriate medication.