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Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous activities for visitors to choose from, including the following...


Bird-watching: One of the greatest places on earth to observe seabirds and the endangered nēnē. Observation scopes and binoculars are available to see them up close and personal.

Native Plants: Observe native coastal plants like ‘ūlei, naupaka kahakai, ‘ilima, hala, ‘akoko, ‘aheahea, pōhuehue, and pōhinahina thriving in their natural habitats.

Geology: Kīlauea Point is the remnant of the former Kīlauea volcanic vent that last erupted about 15,000 years ago. Today, only a small U-shaped portion remains, including a spectacular 568-foot ocean bluff.

Historic Lighthouse: Visit the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse Station, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more, click here.

Interpretation and Education Programs: Interpretive signs are located along the pathway to Kilauea Point. Volunteers and staff are available to help identify the many birds and wildlife found at the refuge. Displays at the Kīlauea Point Contact Station and Visitor Center are also a great introduction to these natural treasures.

Nature Photography: Enjoy breathtaking vistas and world-class views. The backdrop of Kīlauea Point is a photographer’s dream!

Shopping: The Kīlauea Point Natural History Association operates a bookstore filled with memoirs and educational resources. Proceeds support Environmental Education and Refuge Complex programs.

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Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015
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