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Friends of NELHA

Open today: 09:00 - 13:00
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A Must-See on the Big Island

Visiting NELHA was literally the high point of our trip to the Big Island. These research groups... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Eugene, Oregon

Highly recommended. Educational and also fun. Very interesting research going on here. Tour the... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2018
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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...more
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73-4485 Kahilihili St., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BJ N
Reviewed 19 March 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...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Javier F
Reviewed 28 January 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
Thank smoll1
Reviewed 13 January 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...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Eagles4me
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

This was a great opportunity to meet with the future. Most interesting cutting edge technology with the use of deep sea water. The ability to produce power with nearly zero carbon footprint. Farming seafood in the open ocean and many more ideas are fostered in...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Ed W
Reviewed 5 November 2017

There is a different tour every day here and it is well worth a visit. There are 40 organizations on the site under the umbrella of NELHA . They are all research oriented and working toward sustainability and conservation. Part of our tour was to...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Jacqueline T
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The Natural Energy Lab Hawaii Authority is doing tons of great work in research, green technologies, conservation, husbandry, and natural products from the sea. Friends of NELHA have a couple of different tours to showcase some of this work, as well as the really cool...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Cinerina
Reviewed 1 September 2017

We had a talk and slide show about renewable energy where description of the research being done was explained. One of the projects is to produce electricity by using the temperature difference between deep cold seawater and surface seawater. They bring cold water from 3000’...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank FarmerRK
Reviewed 22 July 2017 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

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Debbie C
Reviewed 17 July 2017

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

Date of experience: June 2017
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11 November 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
18 November 2015|
Response from Thomas 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