State to recoup back rent: NELHA-based Cellana Inc. owed nearly $280K

Cyanotech Chief Science Officer and Executive Vice President Gerald Cysewski Ph.D. shows off the new, one of a kind extraction processor at the NELHA facility in 2015. (Laura Ruminksi/West Hawaii Today)

Sea water is pumped into algae ponds where it is circulated with paddlewheels to encourage algae growth at a Cellana research facility in 2010. (Laura Ruminksi/West Hawaii Today)

The 6-acre Kona Demonstration Facility is pictured. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Nearly $280,000 in rent owed to the state by Cellana Inc. will be repaid as part of the sale of the company’s assets to microalgae producer Cyanotech Corp.