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Friends of NELHA

73-4485 Kahilihili St., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
+1 808-329-8073
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Ranked #26 of 51 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Educational Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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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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16 helpful votes 16 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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

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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Omaha, Nebraska
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

An interesting educational tour, probably best enjoyed by adults. I thought based on what was presented, it is priced a little on the high side. If on a first trip to the big island, this probably does not rise to near the top of a long list of available activities, while frequent Hawaii visitors may enjoy a different experience. -Will... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I was so excited about this tour as my husband and I are interested in alternative energy. He is an electrical engineer so this type of geeky stuff is right up our alley. We arrived about five minutes early and were surprised the presentation had already started. Our guide for the day was very soft spoken and during the presentation... More

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Cobble Hill, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Over half the time on the ground tour is about marine farming. One place showed us feeding a large fish, and the other place showed us some Abalone shell fish as they lift up the inside of a small cage. You get to taste a small piece 3/4" square. The energy part of the ground tour was a single sight... More

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

you won't regret it. Bring water and sunscreen, pick a tour from their site and sign up. An amazing place doing extraordinary things

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Took the tour with the solar panels and the tour of the abalone farm. The tour guide was passionate and informative. This is a great thing to do if you are interested in alternative energy like I am, or want to do something non-touristy. Locals and visitors would enjoy this tour.

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Urbana, Illinois
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This was on our list for the Big Island and we thought we'd do it on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Their web site indicated they would be open, Upon arriving it was clear they were not however there were 2 people (volunteers) having a meeting and they graciously opened the building and invited us to look around. This was above... More

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LA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This was a great day...all to see, touch, learn, understand, get energized with what the sea has to offer, how to harvest, how to grow endangered species...you can spend hours there!

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