Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge

Kauai is home to some of the most amazing and beautiful sights, including the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge. Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1985 to protect and enhance migratory seabirds and threatened and endangered species and their habitats. The focus of the refuge is to expand and enhance existing habitats for those species they are protecting. Learn more about this refuge and all the amazing animals and sights to be seen!

Hanalei Bay and surrounding coast on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii

The refuge is home to thousands of migratory and resident birds including: mōlī (Laysan albatross), ‘ā (red-footed boobies), koa‘e ‘ula (red-tailed tropicbird) koa‘e kea (white-tailed tropicbird) ‘iwa (great frigatebirds) ‘ua‘u kani (wedge-tailed shearwaters) kōlea (Pacific golden plover) nēnē (Hawaiian goose, threatened) ‘a‘o (Newell’s shearwater, threatened) pueo (Hawaiian short-eared owl). You can also spot humpback whales, green sea turtles, and Hawaiian monk seals from the Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary just offshore.

The refuge is also home to the historic Kilauea Lighthouse and Light Station. The lighthouse sits on the northernmost point of Kauai and for 62 years the light guided ships safely along Kauai’s north shore.

Kilauea lighthouse bay on a sunny day in Kauai, Hawaii

For more information regarding visiting hours, the refuge is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Visitors must arrive before 3:30pm and they are closed on major holidays, or the Saturday before. Reservations are required for all adults 16 and older, check out their website here to make a reservation.

Be sure to add this adventure to your itinerary and book your stay at Makai Club Resort today!


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