Hanauma Bay students standing on shoreline looking into ocean

Topics that can be addressed during your school visit include: reef ecology, conservation, marine life identification, geology, Hawaiian culture, history, and marine protected areas. An educational visit to Hanauma Bay can be tailored to the learning goals of the class. Our standards based curriculum ties state learning standards to your lesson at Hanauma Bay. Listen to our educational podcast about school programs at the bay.

Hanauma is a Nature Preserve as well as a Marine Life Conservation District. All visitors to the Nature Preserve are required to view an educational video before accessing the beach. To ensure protection of this special place, the City and County of Honolulu requires all organizations wishing to enter the park to obtain a permit. Permits allow for a two hour visit, including a required 30-45 minute orientation. Please let us know of your learning objectives and curriculum, and we can design an extended visit that meets your learning goals.

Please contact us in advance to make arrangements for your school to participate in our education program.


You can learn about Hawaiian traditions and marine life conservation before your visit to the bay via our online lesson. This lesson includes information about fish life cycles, the Hawaiian practice of kapu and fish conservation. This lesson is designed to address learning standards for Grades 3-5, and contains valuable information for all ages.

Go to the lesson: Na Iʻa Kapu: A Pre-Visit Online Lesson for Hanauma Bay.


Learn more about the Hanauma Bay Education Program.


Hanauma Bay Education Program
100 Hanauma Bay Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96825
Phone: (808) 397-5840
Email: hanauma@hawaii.edu