Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse History


A red-footed booby perches in a tree overlooking the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse.

Built in 1913 as a navigational aid for commercial shipping between Hawai‘i and Asia, Kīlauea Point Lighthouse stands as a monument to Hawai‘i’s colorful past. For 62 years, it guided ships and boats safely along Kaui‘i’s rugged north shore with it’s signature double-flash.

In 1927, the lighthouse played a key role in the first trans-Pacific flight from the West Coast to Honolulu by reorienting the two lost pilots of the Bird of Paradise. In 1976, the Coast Guard deactivated the lighthouse and replaced it with an automatic beacon. In 1979, the lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. On rare and special occasions, the Kīlauea Point Lighthouse lights the sky above Kauai’s north shore.

More information about the lighthouse can be found at Kīlauea Point Lighthouse (978 KB PDF).

Click here, for information on tours of the lighthouse.