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Review of Friends of NELHA

Friends of NELHA
Ranked #49 of 138 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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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.
Reviewed July 13, 2013

If you want to know about sustainable energy practices, visit the Natural Energy Lab!!!!! They give tours and LOTS of information! I felt like a more responsible consumer after my visit for sure!!!!!

1  Thank WilsonlovesKona
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We've been coming to Kona for many years and we finally took the grand Friday tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. The volunteer staff is outstanding, the information they offered is incredible, the technology and work they are doing is totally outside the box. I highly recommend it, as it was time well spent and we will go back again someday for an update.

1  Thank Rick R
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

This laboratory covers a lot of a lava field next to the airport. The industries here highlight the use of natural energy such as sunlight, cold water technology, and houses aquaculture of abalone, sea algae, solar energy, and has the only seahorse aquaculture farm in the world. Located right next to Kona Airport, take a day to look at the new technology of Hawaii.

Thank Kona19661948
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

This is an outstanding facility. The amount of information provided is mind staggering and what they are researching is cutting edge. I was particularly interested in the deep sea water activities and the various enterprises they support. It is worth seeing. There are lectures on Tuesday's which are very informative

Thank Softtp
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stopped by here and really wanted to see and understand how the energy lab worked. We investigated and there was a lecture in progress which would not have been suitable for our family.

We thought it would be good to at least see abalone but couldn't really work out where to go so we ended up giving it a miss.

Would be wonderful if an interactive display could be set up and maybe family friendly tours?

1  Thank familyvalue8
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