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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

I guess this is for the guys who are dragged along to get another lecture on environmental stuff and hear how wasteful we all are. As it turns out, it's much more scientific (very boring for the kids so have them do something else) and gets almost geeky. If you have a pension for construction and/or science, you'll really enjoy... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We, as family of 4 booked a private tour with Sarah that started at 8:30am with a presentation on Nelha; tour of OTEC tower; fish hatchery and abalone farm. My daughters are 8 and 10 years old and they wonderful "science" morning during our vacation. Sarah was an excellent source of information; great presenter and believer in the project that... More 

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Hawaii
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We did the 3 hour Friday Grand Tour and it was one of the best tours for $35 that I've had in ages. Our guide, a Stanford-educated attorney was articulate and knowledgeable. Our family including our 17 year old is interested in sustainability, and how to feed a growing planet and conserve resources. The State of Hawaii has invested well... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The second half of the 3 hour tour was about fish and mollusk farming, with the end being a 30 minute sales pitch to buy their mollusks. Basically nothing related to natural energy. The initial 1 hour presentation was interesting but not worth the obscene $35 price tag.

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