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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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Sea Energy Research tour

This facility showcases about 50 on-site research facilities using temperature differences of deep... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hanford, California
via mobile
A must activity for any Big Island visitor

We took the Ocean Conservation Tour. A short introductory lecture which combined video and hands... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Karl E
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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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73-4485 Kahilihili St., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
+1 808-329-8073
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This facility showcases about 50 on-site research facilities using temperature differences of deep sea water relative to surface temperature. Producing electricity, growing shell fish, studying sea horses, crops.... even making wine grapes produce more than one crop per year! Tours include an inside look at...More

Thank Keith1511
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the Ocean Conservation Tour. A short introductory lecture which combined video and hands demonstration to explain what NELHA is, followed by visits to a few of the many enterprises in the complex. If you are bringing a kid of any age to the...More

Thank Karl E
Reviewed May 4, 2017

Worth the time and money. Very educational. Glad to see so many dedicated and interesting people working to improve the quality of our lives and environment. Norman

Thank anislander2017
Reviewed May 3, 2017

Wow, our talk and tour was advertised as two hours and we actually left slightly early After 3 1/2 hours. First a very well presented talk done by Martha and then A tour of a fish farm, kampachi, big island abalone and OTEC. We even...More

Thank ResourceTeacher
Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

Excellent lecture & tour. The final result is that I hope to volunteer during our annual visits to the Big Island, as I was so impressed by their work. .

Thank retiredandhappy43
Reviewed March 2, 2017

I wasn't sure what I was getting us into with the aquaculture tour but what an amazing few hours we spent here! Just being on these grounds makes you feel hopeful for the future of our planet. So many dedicated volunteers and professionals working on...More

Thank Wendy R
Reviewed February 8, 2017

This turned out to be way more than I expected. I thought it would be all science and particles. Nope, way more. Friends of NELHA is a small nonprofit that will take you on the tour of the Natural Energy Lab. Book early and on-line....More

1  Thank Kristine C
Reviewed February 7, 2017

Driven by the Natural Energy Labs many times while visiting in Hawaii and this time signed up for a tour. We took the OTEC Tower tour. The preliminary presentation at the Visitor Center was most interesting, giving a detailed overview of what goes on there...More

Thank TNAllison
Reviewed February 5, 2017

We took the NELHA tour again... did it a few years ago... many new things going on in this fascinating energy lab.... besides the overall view of what these folks are up to (nicely presented) we also visited the monk seal facility and the octopus...More

Thank marzek
Reviewed January 24, 2017

NELHA is a very interesting center trying to solve a number of environmental problems and be an incubator for ocean related businesses. The lecture covers the science of the technology and how many of the incubator companies on the larger property. Hawaii has extremely high...More

1  Thank PeripatetiPat
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What are my chances of taking the tour on Friday 11/11 with no reservation? Can I just show up?
November 11, 2016|
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Response from plschilt | Reviewed this property |
How can I answer that question. You need to call them. That said, the tours are not packed. You could risk it.
Marilyn K
Tour times a d cost What are the tour times and cost?
November 17, 2015|
Response from Tom D |
Friends of NELHA presentations are held almost every weekday at 10:00. The cost depends on the nature of the scheduled presentation or tour on that day. Please check our website for details of the weekly schedule and to make... More