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Big Island Sights

Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority

  • 73-4485 Kahilihili St. Map It
  • Kailua-Kona
  • Tour–Sight

Updated 03/09/2015

Fodor's Review

Just south of Kona International Airport, a large mysterious group of buildings with an equally large and mysterious photovoltaic (solar) panel installation resembles 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. Seahorses and Maine lobsters are also raised here. Several facility tours are offered most days by a docent group.

Sight Information


73-4485 Kahilihili St., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $8–$10
  • Tours weekdays at 10 am

Updated 03/09/2015


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