Oceanic Institute, an affiliate of Hawai'i Pacific University, is a not-for-profit research and development organization dedicated to marine aquaculture, biotechnology, and coastal resource management.
Our mission is to develop and transfer economically responsible technologies to increase aquatic food production while promoting the sustainable use of ocean resources. OI works with community, industry, government and academic partners, and non-governmental organizations to benefit the state, the nation, and the world.
Oceanic Institute traces its roots to 1960 when the State of Hawai?i leased land to the Pacific Foundation for Marine Research to develop an institute for marine education, marine science and ocean industry. Initially known as the Makapu?u Oceanic Center, it became the Oceanic Institute in 1972.
OI became an affiliate of HPU in 2003. Today, the institute employs about 50 scientists, technicians and support workers, who are now employees of the university.
In 2013 Hawaii Pacific University Completes Merger to Bring Oceanic Institute Formally Into the University