COVID-19 – January 3, 2022 UPDATE

NELHA’s Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) is continuing slightly modified operations.

  • HOST Park is open to the public from 5am to 8pm daily.
  • Issuance of nighttime fishing permits continue to be issued on a daily basis.
  • Access to Hale Iako Office Building and all other State buildings in the Research Campus is restricted pursuant to Governor Ige’s Executive Order 21-07 and requires presentation of proof of vaccination or negative test result for COVID-19 within the past 72 hours. Face masks are required in the buildings.  Groups of more than ten (10) people are prohibited.
  • For social gatherings outdoors groups of more than one hundred (100) individuals are prohibited. This applies to all outdoor public spaces within HOST Park and specifically the Wawaloli Beach Park.
  • Masks are required in crowded settings (i.e., areas with more than 10 persons and where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained) in all public spaces including Wawaloli Beach Park.
  • The NELHA administrative offices in the Keena Hana building will remain closed to visitors without an appointment. Visitors with an appointment must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours.  Please call 327-9585 in advance if you wish to make an appointment.

These rules are in observance of:

You may wish to refer to these important references regarding additional safety guidelines.

Mahalo and Be Safe.


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Aloha from the world’s premier Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) where we grow sustainable industries using sunshine, seawater and ingenuity.

The State of Hawaii has invested over $130 million since 1974 to create the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) in Kailua Kona on the Island of Hawaii.  The innovative green economic development park is administered by NELHA, a self-sufficient State of Hawaii agency.
After four decades, NELHA is well on track to fulfilling its mission as an engine for economic development in Hawaii and the economic impact generated by HOST Park is approaching $150M annually with the creation of over 600 jobs Statewide.

HOST Park is a unique outdoor demonstration site for emerging renewable energy, aquaculture and other ocean-based sustainable technologies. HOST Park has become the world’s premier ocean science innovation hub and operates at the nexus of water, energy, and food. Three sets of pipelines deliver cold deep sea water from up to 3,000 ft. depth as well as warm pristine surface sea water. Current equipment and pipeline infrastructure is capable of pumping up to 100,000 gallons per minute of seawater throughout the 900 acre technology park.

For more information about what’s happening at the HOST Park, click on the following links:

Live Cam from Hale Iako

Real Time Air Quality Sensor in NELHA Research Campus

Conference rooms are temporarily not available due to restrictions by Governor Ige regarding the use of State facilities.