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Address: 73-4485 Kahilihili St., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number: +1 808-329-8073
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Description: See the future now with Friends of NELHA and experience a fascinating tour...
See the future now with Friends of NELHA and experience a fascinating tour of Hawaii Ocean Science Technology Park near Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. FON tours showcase the development of renewable energy resources and uses of cold deep seawater and warm surface seawater in innovative aquaculture and mariculture activities and much more. This is a one-of-kind science and technology site in the world, an exciting learning experience and a must-see stop on the Big Island. FON offers public presentations and tours of selected NELHA energy and aquaculture projects Monday through Friday at 10 am, excluding holidays. Reservations are required for Friday's Grand Tour. Friends of NELHA (Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority) is a nonprofit organization providing education and outreach in support of sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.
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they do a good job showing you around and its the meeting and workshops that you really do not want to miss

i have taken a bunch of classes and been to some cutting edge meetings here and if you have and back to earth or nerd blood in you you got to follow these guys and get on thier... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States

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Westfield, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We were very disappointed by our recent visit to NELHA. It wasn't made clear to us ahead of time that all we were going to get was a two-hour talk by a volunteer with a power-point presentation rather than a tour of the various entities on site. The volunteer's presentation was middle-school level, and we learned a few things, but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I was very excited to go see the energy tour. I teach this information to my students and I was hoping to use some information from here for my class. The people checking us in were friendly, but we were not expecting a two hour lecture. I wanted to see more of the actual building and grounds. This was way... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

i have taken a bunch of classes and been to some cutting edge meetings here and if you have and back to earth or nerd blood in you you got to follow these guys and get on thier email list

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Purcellville, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We attended the Tuesday "Energy Day" presentation at NELHA by John Deveau, a US Navy veteran with 34 years experience in the electric utility industry who cares about technologies and policies that help the economy while preserving our planet. John's excellent 2-hour presentation covered the history that is responsible for today's problems/challenges. As John said, there is no single solution... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

If you are tired of the usual tourist attractions and have 3 hours to spend learning, take the Friday tour at the Natural Energy Lab. The tour included an informative overview of the site and its tenants, a view of the OTEC tower (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion,) Kampachi Farms learning about their research in raising kampachi (amberjack) and grouper and... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The Natural Energy Laboratory in Hawaii does research in ocean thermal energy conversion. We listened to a talk on how the researchers are taking water out of the ocean and converting it into energy. The talk was a bit long, but the speaker was very knowledgeable. An amazing accomplishment!

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Boucherville, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Our experience on Tuesday, energy day...so much deception... We thought, that this lecture would be at least somehow technically significant by explaining energy struggles and solutions on the big island. We would have thought that, at least, during a 2 hours presentation, we would visit part of the solar powerplant. The spokesperson never told his function or role in the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Sarah Crawford, the Executive Director of NELHA was the presenter on our visit on February 9, 2015. She is extremely knowledgable about the various NELHA programs in Renewable Energy generation, seafood farming, deep ocean mineral water production and pharmaceutical uses of cultivated fungus farms. Also, her two hour lecture with slides and computerized videos was mesmerizing to me, as an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

A well done presentation of the efforts to preserve the planet and the environment through sustainable aquaculture, green energy and more. Learned about Thermal Energy Conversion, the Kona Kampachi fish farm and tasted abalone at the Big Island Abalone Farm.

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We were wandering around on some of the roads around the Kailua-Kona airport and saw a sign for the National Energy Laboratory and went to take a look. It was early in the afternoon but Sarah invited us in to see what information was available and what a great surprise ensued! She began talking about what NELHA and OTEC is... More 

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