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Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority

Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority Review

Just south of Kona International Airport, a large mysterious group of buildings with an equally large and mysterious photovoltaic (solar) panel installation looks like some sort of top-secret military station. It's really the site of the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority, NELHA for short. Here, scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs make use of a cold, deep-sea pipeline to develop and market everything from desalinated, mineral-rich drinking water and super-nutritious algae products to energy-efficient air-conditioning systems and environmentally friendly aquaculture techniques. Three types of facility tours are offered most days.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 73-4460 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 | Map It
  • Phone: 808/329–8073
  • Cost: $8 donation for tours
  • Hours: Tours weekdays at 10 am
  • Website:
  • Location: Kona Coast
Updated: 01-06-2014

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