The Marine Mammal Center has successfully completed fundraising for the Hawaiian monk seal hospital, Ke Kai Ola. The initial construction phase of the $3.2 million facility, located at NELHA,  is completed. The facility is expected to start operations in summer 2014. The Hawaiian monk seal species is nearing extinction as there are fewer than 1,100 ...
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FON Website Gets a Facelift

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 in Main

The Friends of NELHA (FON) website has recently been updated ( You can now book tours and donate online! The old URL ( still works but will point you to the new site.

Governor Abercrombie announced today the release of more than $13M in CIP funds for NELHA. Funds will provide for the construction of a frontage road, a surface sea water connector and renovation of the Administration building. “A successful test-bed for applied research, demonstration, testing and evaluation, NELHA is a driver of innovation, economic development, and ...
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NELHA annual and biennial reports going back to 1974 are available through the NELHA website. Special thanks to Lee Fausak, formerly from CEROS (Center of Excellence in Research for Ocean Sciences) at NELHA for compiling and making the documents available.

The NELHA meteorological station, funded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory,  first started operations on November 1st, 2012. The first annual report is now available online. The report describes last year’s meteorological data set and confirms that Keahole Point receives as much yearly solar irradiance as the southwestern desert of the United States.

New hires at NELHA

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 in Main

NELHA is starting the year with two new hires: Dr. Alex Leonard to serve as Administrative and Projects Coordinator and Dean Towle to serve as Operations Supervisor.

The first in a series of lectures on the topic of energy shall be held on January 8. 2013 at 5:30PM at the Gateway Center. Refer to the press release for more information of call Friends of NELHA at 808-329-8073.

Infrasound from the meteor blast generated by the February 2013 Chelyabinsk event propagated around the world and was recorded at least twice in Antarctica. Dr. Milton Garces from the Infrasound Laboratory (based at NELHA) is co-author for the November 2013 Nature article that summarizes the Chelyabinsk event.

Interested in Hawaii’s favorite fish? You might want to check out Honolulu Magazine’s December 2013 edition which includes an article on Pacific Plantonics ahi spawning work.

NELHA is providing a home base for a University of Hawaii SOEST Acoustic Sea Glider mission  No. 9 (PI: Prof. Bruce Howe). The sea glider was deployed at the north end of the island on December 9, 2013. The glider is equipped with a passive acoustic monitoring system which will be used to help monitor ...
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