Wander among Native Hawaiian coastal plants and observe wedge-tailed shearwaters on the hunt, skimming just above the ocean and diving into the water to catch their prey. Watch whales slapping their tails and breaching against the horizon (December through April). Feel the breeze in your hair as you’re captivated by the picturesque lighthouse, standing as a beacon on Kauai’s northernmost point. Stretch your legs on the paved 0.4 mile path following the perimeter of the peninsula a couple hundred feet above the ocean below, as you explore the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.
The historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse was built as a navigational aid for shipping between Asia and Hawaii in 1913 and was operational for 62 years. This red and white structure sits at the tip of rugged coastline jutting out to sea, and can be toured every Wednesday and Saturday as staffing allows.
National Wildlife Refuge
The Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge surrounding the lighthouse was established in 1985 to preserve and enhance seabird nesting colonies. Photographers will want to bring their zoom lenses to capture photos of the wide variety of birds flitting about here. This is an excellent spot for bird-lovers, where birds such as laysan albatross, red-footed boobies, brown boobies, red-tailed and white-tailed tropicbirds, and great frigatebirds can be observed. This is also a great location for spotting Hawai‘i’s state bird – the nēnē, or endangered Hawaiian goose.
When to Come to the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge
This Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge lighthouse is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is closed on major federal holidays. To avoid the crowds and allow for a more serene nature experience, come in the mid-day or afternoon. The entry fee is $5 per person for adults 16 and older, and free for children under 16.
Staying at one of our gorgeous oceanfront rentals such as Ali’i Kai in Princeville or our private homes and condos of Mauna Kai Kauai will put you in perfect proximity for enjoying an afternoon at Kileaua Point National Wildlife Refuge Lighthouse. Additionally, we have nearly thirty other rental properties across the island that will provide all the comfort you need for your stay on Kauai. We would love to help you make the most of your time here on the Garden Island. Please contact us at 866-922-5642 or [email protected], or check out our website com to learn more about where to stay or top ideas for your itinerary.