Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1985 after its transfer from the U.S. Coast Guard, and consists of 203 acres of protected land. The Kīlauea Lighthouse (pdf 1.16M) found on the refuge was built in 1913 as a navigational aid for commercial shipping between Asia and Hawai‘i. For 62 years, the light guided ships safely along Kaua‘i's rugged north shore.
Located two miles north of Kīlauea Town, Kīlauea Point is on the northernmost tip of the main Hawaiian islands and is one of the few Hawaiian refuges open to the public. Kīlauea Point NWR is a bird watcher's delight complete with a visitor center, interpretive signs, and informal interpretation from knowledgeable docents.
Kīlauea Point offers breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific, and it is one of the most popular spots for visitors and residents of Hawai‘i alike, attracting over 500,000 visitors annually!