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“Interesting, maybe a little pricey”
Review of Friends of NELHA

Friends of NELHA
Ranked #49 of 135 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 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 not need to do a second tour and two small nibbles of Abalone and I have all I need for a lifetime.

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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 we could hardly hear her. She spoke about solar panels heating mineral oil which was interesting but we later found out they went bankrupt which she failed to mention. Everyone then loaded into their own cars and followed her to the first stop where we spent about 10 minutes looking at a type of power converter using ocean water that was not even functional. The remainder of the tour was basically sustainable fish farming which was somewhat interesting and then an abalone farm which was interesting for the first 10 minutes but the remaining 40 minutes was basically a sales pitch where they wanted us to spread the word about abalone. I was very disappointed in this tour but maybe my expectations were too high.

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Reviewed February 22, 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 of a shut down ocean energy conversion thing. You could tell from the rust it was not used for a while. There literature material does not say there is a cost, but once you get there was a charge of over 30.00 per person.

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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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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.

1  Thank Keliko808
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