HAWAII OCEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PARK WILL HOUSE OCTOROCK
NELHA is the home to the world's first successful Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant, which utilized the temperature difference between warm surface sea water and cold deep ocean water to create electricity. HOST Park is dedicated to advancing ocean and energy research, education, and economic development in Hawaii.
Since 1974, the State of Hawaii has invested $100 million to create this unique facility on the west coast of the Big Island. HOST Park is an “outdoor demonstration site for emerging renewable and ocean based technologies.” The organizations housed in HOST Park span across industries in aquaculture, clean energy, and ocean technologies.
HOST Park’s secure infrastructure and aquatic resources are critical to the OCTOROCK project. The surface and deep seawater distribution system provide optimal conditions for the sensitive species in our center. Access to the animal’s natural seawater in our enriched habitat tank systems creates comfortable, safe environments for the Hawaiian Day Octopus to thrive. Our priority is the well-being of these sensitive animals so they can be engaged and observed in the most natural state that we can achieve. The enriched and benthic environments we are striving to provide, coupled with the existing oceanfront natural lighting, will uniquely benefit our intended client base of behavioral scientists, educators, and documentary film-makers.