Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge Proposes Fee Changes

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Date: February 16, 2018                                                                                               KPNWR 18-05
Contact: Jennifer Waipa, (808) 635-0925, jennifer_waipa@fws.gov

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge Proposes Fee Changes

Kīlauea, Kauaʻi, Hawai‘i - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public input on an increase in entrance fees and an amenity fee for tours of the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse at the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR). In accordance with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004, the proposed changes to the fee schedule will be available for public review until March 16, 2018. 

The current entrance fee at the refuge has been in place since 2008 and is $5 for people16 years of age and over. The Service is proposing to increase the entry fee to $10 for people 16 years of age and over. Prices for the annual $20 Kamaʻāina pass, as well as the America the Beautiful passes will not be increased at this time and those passes will continue to be honored. An amenity fee of $3 for optional lighthouse tours at the refuge is also being proposed. Additionally, the refuge is evaluating the feasibility of increasing the number of days that the refuge is open to the public for visitation from five days to six or seven days per week. Due to steadily increasing visitation to the refuge over the last several years which has resulted in increased traffic congestion and parking shortages at the refuge, the Service is also evaluating options for alternative transportation and/or a reservation system for entry into the refuge. If a refuge shuttle is implemented in the future, the Service will consider an additional increase in fees at that time to help fund operation of the shuttle.

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge receives approximately 500,000 visitors each year who contribute to the local economy. In addition, approximately 80% of all money collected from pass sales and entrance fees, with the exception of the Federal Duck Stamp, remains at the refuge to be used for visitor services and facility improvements. Entrance fees will support a wide range of projects that improve refuge conditions and provide a variety of visitor experiences including the restoration and maintenance of the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse; maintenance of historic structures and other crucial infrastructure; providing quality environmental education programs to youth and adults; training and working with over 100 volunteers and staff to promote visitor experience and safety, outreach and interpretation, and habitat and wildlife monitoring; providing enhanced amenities such as brochures, videos, website management, and resource protection.

Questions or comments that will benefit refuge perspectives on the proposed fee changes can be emailed to: jennifer_waipa@fws.gov or written to the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge at P.O. Box 1128, Kīlauea, HI 96754. Please send both mail and email messages to the attention of: Proposed Fee Increase.

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The Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge was established to preserve and enhance migratory bird nesting colonies, federally listed species, and native coastal strand, riparian, and aquatic biological diversity, as well as to support incidental fish and wildlife-oriented recreation. The refuge is home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds in the main Hawaiian Islands and the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse. In 1988, the refuge was expanded to include Nihokū and Mōkōlea Point. Learn more about the refuge at www.fws.gov/kilaueapoint,follow us on Facebook, or call Jennifer Waipa at (808) 828-1413 x2228.


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