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Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority

  • 73-4460 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. Map It
  • Kailua-Kona
  • Tour–Sight

Updated 01/06/2014

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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.

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Sight Information


73-4460 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $8 donation for tours
  • Tours weekdays at 10 am

Updated 01/06/2014


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