Restoration and translocation within the Nihoku (Crater Hill) predator-proof area
The Refuge is using the first predator-proof fenced area on Kaua‘i to keep out mammalian predators, such as cats, dogs, rats, mice, and potentially mongooses, so that native species such as the endangered nēnē (Hawaiian goose), the mōlī (Laysan albatross), and rare plants can flourish again. In addition, the absence of predators make this restored site an appropriate translocation site for the endangered ‘ua‘u (Hawaiian petrel).
About Kilauea Point
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. For information about Lighthouse Tours go to Plan Your Visit below! Plan Your Visit
About the 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
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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Items of Interest
The Refuge is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is closed on major federal holidays. Please give yourself at least 30 minutes to enjoy your time at the Refuge. An entry fee of $5 per person is required for adults 16 and older. Children under 16 are free. All Federal Recreational Lands Passes are honored here. Passes are available for purchase at the refuge. A yearly kamaʻāina pass can be purchased for $20.00. The kamaʻāina pass allows visits to Kīlauea Point throughout the year for the holder and up to 3 guests.Plan Your Visit
Experience the Refuge like never before by volunteering today! The Refuge provides various opportunities for people seeking to enhance wildlife and habitat conservation through education, visitor interaction, photography, landscape care, maintenance, and biological surveys.Get Involved
- October 14, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR) Trail Stabilization Project. The project will be open for Draft EA public comment from October 14, 2015 through November 12, 2015, and a Draft EA public meeting will be held on October 27, 2015.Learn more
The Mōlī or Laysan albatross may spend years over the open ocean without ever touching land!
Last Updated: Nov 20, 2015