I  Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority


     Office Locations:

73-987 Makako Bay Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: 808-327-9585
Fax: 808-327-9586



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    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. 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 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. NELHA is funded by allocations from the Hawaii State Legislature and revenues collected from its tenants for use of facilities and services. NELHA is 'landlord' to nearly 30 thriving enterprises which generate about $30-40 million per year in total economic impact.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Brian Goldstein Vice-Chair
    John DeLong Chairman
    Laurence Sombardier Chief Business Development Officer
    Ronald N. Baird CEO


    Portfolio companies include:

      Big Island Abalone
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      Destiny Deep Sea Water
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      Hawaii Deep Marine
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      High Health Aquaculture
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      Indo-Pacific Sea Farms
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      Keahole Solar Power
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      King Ocean Farm
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      Kona Coast Shellfish
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      Mera Pharmaceuticals
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      Moana Technologies
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      Ocean Rider
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      Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
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      Pacific Planktonics
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      Royal Hawaiian Sea Farms
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      Savers Holdings
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      Shrimp Improvement Systems Hawaii
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      Troutlodge Marine Farms Kona
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      Verizon Wireless, Hawaii
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      Wavecom Solutions
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