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While the tour is a bit pricey and the lecture room was freezing, it was very, very informative as... read more

Reviewed March 24, 2020
mulegirl
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Carmel,California
Note worthy work being done to protect the ocean and its creatures

We visited the Kanaloa Octopus Farm at NELHA, and really enjoyed learning that work is being done... read more

Reviewed December 22, 2019
Bongo88
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Alberta
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Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

We visited last year for the monk seal tour, and this year we have come back for the sustainable farming and abalone tour. The evolution of these companies is amazing, and the strides they are achieving to lessen the toll on our planet are fascinating to see. I had never considered all that goes into feeding this world. This tour is fun, informative, and a joy to experience!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2019

Visiting NELHA was literally the high point of our trip to the Big Island. These research groups are doing fascinating and admirable work and are showing us the way to the future in sustainable energy, agriculture, and aquaculture. The tour made us wish that we were young again and able to choose our career paths here.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed March 19, 2018

Highly recommended. Educational and also fun.

Very interesting research going on here. Tour the 6-12 school. Those kids are smart!! They are doing tons of experiments. They have aquariums, an octopus, sharks, robots, etc. Lottery to get in. Hawaiian monk seal rehab center. learn about how they can cool a building with water and air currents. Learn about new research in sustainable fish farming, octopus farming, sea horse farming. Generating electricity from using the cold water and surface water temperature differential (not that efficient, but it is really for testing new heat exchanger designs and the clean cold water pumped from the deep has several other uses. They also have wine grapes growing 3 crop cycles per year instead of one by using the cold water from the deep and condensation. They are several other research facilities in this area but it is all very interesting and could be a breakthrough job market in the future.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed January 28, 2018

We loved this. The tour was incredibly interesting. NELHA is doing some amazing work. Visiting the charter school was very cool and made us want to go back to school (one of that type of course..) Definitely a very cool activity to do in Kona.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

This tour is fun, enlightening, inspirational, and did I mention, fun! Four of us enjoyed visiting the NELHA facility, learning about the use of surface warm and deep cold ocean water to create thermal energy. Many smaller upstart businesses utilize the ocean waters to work on various sustainable fishing ideas and agricultural issues. Fascinating to see where the future may be going.

Date of experience: January 2018
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