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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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Very interesting...

My husband and myself went to this facility (have to make reservations)....our tour guide Candee... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Debbie C
via mobile
Good way to find out about the research going on

It starts in the visitors center with a presentation about all the different kinds of research... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Centennial, Colorado
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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 good23%
  • 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 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and myself went to this facility (have to make reservations)....our tour guide Candee was WONDERFUL! She explained the whole facility along with a slide presentation...very interesting what they are doing there and will continue to do.....with using the ocean for energy etc. We...More

Thank Debbie C
Reviewed 6 days ago

It starts in the visitors center with a presentation about all the different kinds of research going on in the park. The building itself is naturally cooled with cold seawater. After the overview, we all went to visit the facility where they're doing research with...More

Thank bobndee24
Reviewed June 4, 2017 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 May 24, 2017

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

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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
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