Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea, Hawaii 96754

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Kilauea Lighthouse Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and the historic Kilauea Lighthouse are located at the northernmost point in Kauai as well as the major Hawaiian Islands. This short, self-guided path on the 160-acre refuge follows the perimeter of the peninsula 200 feet above the sea. The point has breath-taking views of chiseled coastal cliffs, the crashing surf and a picturesque lighthouse built in 1913 perched on the bluff.

The trail overlooks the island of Mokuaeae, a sanctuary for thousands of nesting and migratory birds, including Laysan albatross, wedge-tailed shearwaters and red-footed boobies. Kilauea Point also offers an opportunity to observe seals, dolphins, sea turtles and seasonal humpback whales from December through April. Park open Monday–Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m."

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Hiking the Hawaiian Islands (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"Officially named Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, this is a birdwatcher’s paradise, as well as a very likely place to see dolphins, turtles, rare monk seals, and even whales. The historic lighthouse on the point and the lovely views up the North Sh" Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii: Kauai (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"Officially named Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, this is a birdwatcher’s paradise, as well as a very likely place to see dolphins, turtles, rare monk seals, and even whales. The historic lighthouse on the point and the lovely views up the north shore are irresistible to photographers. There are interpretive exhibits, docents on duty to answer questions, and of course, there’s a gift shop. You’ll probably be greeted in the parking lot by a nene— one of Hawaii’s rare geese—or two. Do not feed them. Pick up a brochure as you go through the entrance kiosk to help you identify the refuge birds, when to see them nesting, and when and where to watch for sea mammals." Read more

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10/1/2008
A must do. In the winter time it is one of the best places to whale watch. Everyone needs to go see the lighthouse and nature refuge!
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12/28/2003
A major tourist destination on the North side, but you still have to visit this spot. The old lighthouse is spectacular and the birdlife is awesome. Like all popular spots, get here early or late in the day to avoid the hoards of tourist buses. Easy walk on pavement. Full facilities are available.
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Trail Information

Kilauea
Nearby City
0.3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Birding
Additional Use
Views
Features
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