News Release

April 24, 2012

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 99th Anniversary of Kīlauea Lighthouse

Media Contacts:
Sheri Saari, 808-635-6367

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate the 99th anniversary of the Kīlauea Point Lighthouse Station on Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Highlights of this year's free event include: ranger-led interpretive talks, a drawing class with local artist Patrick Ching, demonstrations by Kaua'i Sea Scouts, Hawaiian craft activities for all, music, and a special hula presentation by Kumu Hula Kehaulani Kekua and Halau Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai!

Lighthouse Day is annual event that commemorates the completion and lighting of the Kīlauea Lighthouse on May 1, 1913. The Kīlauea Lighthouse served as a pivotal navigation aid for ships on the Orient run however, time and the harsh tropic marine environment have taken their toll on the lighthouse and the associated historic buildings. The next major phase (Phase 2) of the restoration will entail restoring below the gallery walkway down to the base. Visitors and kama'??ina are invited to come out and learn about the Kīlauea Light Station while enjoying the festivities.

Kīlauea Historian, Gary Smith will share the bright story of Kīlauea at 11:00 a.m.

Kīlauea Point Volunteers David Gurewitz and Conrad Schmidt will present a "Kīlauea Light Station Operation and Restoration" talk at 12:00 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer questions throughout the day. Try your hand at 'ohe kapala, bamboo stamping, leaf-stem stamping, or making a coconut leaf fish! Other activities will include magnet-making, coloring, and temporary tattoos.

Former Kīlauea Point Ranger and Wildlife Artist, Patrick Ching will offer a special drawing class at 1:30 p.m. End the day with the nahenahe sounds of the Waipa Serenaders and inspiring hula of Kumu Kehaulani Kekua and Haau Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai.

You won't want to miss it! Please join us for this FREE DAY at the Refuge as all fees are waived in honor of Lighthouse Day. On-site parking is extremely limited so Refuge staff is requesting that visitors carpool.