About Makai

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. is an innovative ocean technology and engineering firm based in Hawaii, providing engineering products and services worldwide since 1973. Makai’s core technical areas include submarine cables, ocean energy and marine pipelines, and subsea technologies such as underwater vehicles, buoys, communications systems and general marine engineering and R&D. Makai is certified under ISO 9001:2015, an internationally recognized standard for quality management. Makai’s staff includes physicists, oceanographers, and mechanical, ocean, chemical, and software engineers, most of whom hold master’s degrees or Ph.Ds.





Award Winning Team

Makai has won several awards relating to our engineering designs and commercial achievements. These accolades are a result of Makai’s commitment to excellence and dedication to solving ocean engineering problems with innovative solutions.

Hawaii's Best Workplaces

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In 2022, Makai was selected as one of Hawaii's best places to work by Pacific Business News.

District Energy Climate Award

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In 2021, The Zakito District Cooling project in Curacao received a Certificate of Merit at the 7th Global District Energy Climate Awards for its achievement in demonstrating local District Energy leadership in providing clean, sustainable energy solutions to protect against the risk of climate change.

Tibbetts Award

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In 2016, Makai was a Tibbetts Awards, winner. Recognizing Makai's success in commercializing federally funded SBIR R&D projects.

Leaders in Sustainability

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In 2014, Makai was a finalist in the Leaders in Sustainability award, recognized for its significant strides in reducing energy use or conserving natural resources.

APEC Business Innovation

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In 2011, Makai was chosen as one of the 30 finalist among 2000 local companies that competed to represent Hawaii at the 2011 APEC Summit.

Aon Grand Build America

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In 2011, Advanced American Construction, Inc. received the Aon Build America Award for their work constructing an innovative HDPE pipeline in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Makai assisted in the design and engineering analysis of the pipeline.

Prime Contractor of the Year

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In 2010, the Small Business Administration awarded Makai with the Prime Contractor of the Year for the Hawaii and Region IX, for their work in the Federal government contracting arena. Makai was nominated for outstanding performance, innovative solutions, professionalism, cost effectiveness and on-time delivery.

Compass Industrial Award

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In 2005, the Marine Technology Society awarded Makai with the Compass Industrial Award for outstanding contributions to advancement of the science and engineering of oceanography and marine technology.

OCEA Award

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In 2003, the HOST Park Seawater Supply Pipeline, the world’s deepest large diameter seawater intake pipeline, was selected as one of six finalists for the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Makai performed the survey, conceptual and final design, and construction observation for this project.

Exporter of the Year

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In 2003, State of Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle awarded the Exporter of Professional Services award to Makai. The award was earned based upon service & sales of Makai’s sophisticated submarine cable-lay software and advanced pipeline design services.

NSPE Outstanding Engineering Achievement

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In 1980, the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) recognized the Mini-OTEC Project at Ke-ahole Point, Hawaii as one of the ten outstanding engineering achievements in the United States. Makai was involved in the design and construction management of the cold water pipe, mooring and platform.

Cornell Lake Source Cooling Awards

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Cornell’s Lake Source Cooling Project in 1999 has won three awards:  the New York State Society of Engineers, the International District Energy Association, and the Associated General Contractors of America. Makai designed the intake and discharge pipes.

Our Clients

Our clients include cable ship operators, commercial project owners, federal agencies, and some of the largest defense contractors in the world.

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