The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is a must stop for visitors to Kauai's scenic north shore.
The centerpiece of the refuge is the historic Kilauea Lighthouse, built in 1913 and in operation until 1976 when it was replaced by an automatic beacon.
Managed since 1985 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the ocean cliffs and open grassy slopes of an extinct volcano provide breeding grounds for native Hawaiian seabirds and nene, the endangered Hawaiian goose.
Kilauea Point offers the opportunity to view red-footed boobies, Laysan albatrosses, wedge-tailed shearwaters, and other seabirds in their natural habitat. The National Marine Sanctuary waters surrounding the refuge are home to Hawaiian monk seals, green turtles, and, in winter, humpback whales.
The refuge is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily and is closed on major federal holidays. An entry fee of $5 is required for adults 16 and older. Children under 16 are free. Allow yourself at least an hour for your visit.