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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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A must activity for any Big Island visitor

We took the Ocean Conservation Tour. A short introductory lecture which combined video and hands... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Karl E
Educational and Fun

Worth the time and money. Very educational. Glad to see so many dedicated and interesting people... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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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

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 22 March 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 2 March 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 8 February 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 8 February 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

Thank TNAllison
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We took the NELHA tour again... did it a few years ago... many new things going on in this fascinating energy lab.... besides the overall view of what these folks are up to (nicely presented) we also visited the monk seal facility and the octopus...More

Thank marzek
Reviewed 24 January 2017

NELHA is a very interesting center trying to solve a number of environmental problems and be an incubator for ocean related businesses. The lecture covers the science of the technology and how many of the incubator companies on the larger property. Hawaii has extremely high...More

1  Thank PeripatetiPat
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Super interesting for my husband. Some of it was over my head, but I was impressed by the passion of the speaker. We weren't expecting a visit to the seal monk rescue, so that was a real treat. The visit to the octopus farm was...More

Thank Jan646
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What are my chances of taking the tour on Friday 11/11 with no reservation? Can I just show up?
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
Cost of the tour
18 November 2015|
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Marilyn K
Tour times a d cost What are the tour times and cost?
18 November 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