THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY (NELHA) is a state agency that operates a unique and innovative ocean science and technology park in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii. Strategically located at Keahole Point next to the Kona International Airport and adjacent to one of the steepest bathymetric offshore slopes in the Hawaiian Islands, NELHA offers an incredible combination of assets in one location. NELHA's assets include office and laboratory facilities, infrastructure, pristine natural resources, and leasable open land for use by tenant research, education, and commercial projects. A dual-temperature seawater system that is the only one of its kind in the world sets NELHA apart from all other technology parks and creates a prime setting for innovation and new industry development in this island coastal setting. NELHA aims to attract tenants who can use the unique complement of natural and logistical resources to engage in successful, productive research, education, and commercial activities that support sustainable industry development in Hawaii. Numerous innovative research projects have been completed at NELHA in the past and spawned new commercial enterprises that are established and successful businesses today. A public charter school was created at NELHA to take advantage of the many resources of this growing ocean science and technology community. A new federally funded facility, the NELHA Gateway project, will provide a setting for leading edge research and development in distributed energy resources and renewable energy technologies, and a new commercial Ocean Center development that will provide opportunities for new ocean-related businesses. Administratively attached to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), NELHA is funded by allocations from the Hawaii State Legislature and revenues collected from its tenants for use of facilities and services. NELHA is a prime example of visionary public investments, initiated in 1974, that have yielded multiple returns for the benefit of all.
MEDB is a not-for-profit corporation established to diversify Maui's economy. Since its inception in 1982, MEDB has spearheaded initiatives such as development of the Business Research Library and the annual Maui County Data Book, Maui Science for Early Educational Development (SEED), and Maui High Performance Computing Center.
PICHTR is an independent, non-profit, applied research and development center incorporated in Hawaii with an international board of directors from the United States, Asia, and the Pacific region. PICHTR promotes and develops technology appropriate to the marine and tropical environment of the Asia-Pacific region and assists, facilitates and supports its application through technical services, education, and training.
The Manoa Innovation Center is a high-tech business incubator, linking emerging commercial high-tech ventures to university-oriented research and development organizations. Its purpose is to facilitate the transfer of technology and foster joint development projects between the University of Hawaii, private and non-profit research organizations and the Center's high-tech occupants.
The Mililani Technology Park is home to companies such as AT&T Wireless, State Farm Insurance, Castle & Cooke, Inc., Kaiser Permanente and many more. Mililani Technolgy Park land is available for purchase (fee simple), and is Hawaiis only non-leasehold business park providing resources such as broadband fiber optic and DSL connections, links to the University of Hawaii's Ethernet Network, and access to the Maui Supercomputer.
Kapolei Business Park was originally designed and developed as a compliment to the heavier industrial businesses located within the adjacent James Campbell Industrial Park (“JCIP’) and the master planned City of Kapolei. Situated on Kalaeloa Boulevard between JCIP and the western reaches of the City of Kapolei, Kapolei Business Park boasts design, services features unavailable in any other business and industrial park on the island of Oahu.
Unique to the region, Kapolei Business Park was developed with the future in mind. The park boasts wide roads, generous landscaping, access to sewer and an underground utility and conduit system that can be used to access the many fiber and satellite providers located minutes away at the Kapolei Teleport, which links businesses to the Central Business District, the mainland U.S. and Asia.
The West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center features exhibits and programs reflecting the multi-ethnic diversity of its historical and present agricultural community. Static exhibits and displays, based on themes relevant to visitors and residents alike, are changed periodically to reflect the time of year, local celebrations, ancient Hawaiian traditional lifestyles, and the ethnic diversity of the West Kauai community.
MRTC is a high-tech business incubator dedicated to supporting technology-oriented businesses and promoting the growth of high added-value jobs. Centrally located in the Maui Research & Technology Park on more than five acres, the 40,000-square-foot Center brings together a diversity of enterprises.
The Research Park at the University of Hawaii at Hilo is world-renown for its observatories of Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea is the world's largest volcano and has been inactive for the last 4,500 years. These observatories include the Joint Astronomy Center, the Subaru-Japanese National Telescope Center, the California Institute of Technology sub-millimeter Telescope, and the Gemini Observatory. A number of new facilities are being built and more are in the planning stage. There is tremendous potential for companies to provide services such as: data gathering and analysis, instrument control and high-speed communications.
Initially offering incubation services such as physical infrastructure and office space as well as value-added intellectual capital such as business plan writing, growth planning and fund raising assistance, Hawaii Opportunities Group has since expanded its service offerings to include management consulting services focused on market research, strategic planning, benchmarking and private equity analysis.