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    Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

    Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge is a part of the Kaua‘i NWR complex.

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    Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge

    Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Kaua‘i NWR complex.

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  • Turnstone

    Ruddy Turnstone

    This bird uses its strong neck and bill to turn over stones in search of prey.

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  • Tattler

    Wandering Tattler

    Their name is derived from their habit of giving a series of high, clear, alarm whistles at the approach of any perceived danger.

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  • Wedge-tail shearwater

    Wedge-tailed Shearwater

    They emit an eerie, ghost-like wailing during the night. Their Hawaiian name, ‘ua’u kani’, means moaning petrel.

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About Kilauea Point

Welcome to Kīlauea Point

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Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge’s dramatic backdrop of steep cliffs plunging to the ocean is one of the best places on the main Hawaiian Islands to view wildlife, and is also home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds found in Hawai'i. Visitors also have a chance to view spinner dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals, native Hawaiian coastal plants and Hawai‘i’s state bird - the nēnē or endangered Hawaiian goose.

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About the Complex

Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Kaua'i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, located on the oldest island of Hawaii, consists of 3 refuges which provide extremely valuable habitat for wildlife.

Kīlauea Point is managed as part of the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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What's New

  • Predator-proof Fence Project Completed!

    Construction of Kaua‘i’s first predator-proof fence on Nihoku (also known as Crater Hill) is completed.

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  • New Hours for 2014

    Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge will change its hours of operation in 2014. The refuge will be closed each Sunday and Monday throughout the year starting February 2-3, 2014. Visitors will be able to visit the refuge Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., except most major holidays.

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  • Lighthouse Restoration!

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    The historic Kīlauea Point Lighthouse has been restored to its former glory. Renovation was completed in time for the Lighthouse Centennial.

    Kīlauea Point Lighthouse
  • Crater Hill Ecosystem Restoration Project

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    We are excited to announce the completion of an environmental assessment for the Nihoku (Crater Hill) Ecosystem Restoration Project. In collaboration with several partners including the American Bird Conservancy, the Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (a Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife/Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit project), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and several others, we will create a seven-acre refugium for native plant and animal communities and enhance existing seabird colonies at Nihoku.

    FONSI and Environmental Assessment
Page Photo Credits — A Nene at Kilauea Point.
Last Updated: Dec 01, 2014
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