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Trail Damage from EA511x377Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will reopen to visitation May 3 after a three and a half month closure to stabilize the walking trail to the lighthouse.

The trail between the Kīlauea Point NWR Office and Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse has experienced erosion, undermining, and settling, and it needs maintenance to be safe for public use.  In order to make the necessary repairs to the trail, heavy equipment will be used along the pedestrian pathways, blocking access to the Visitor Center, Lighthouse, and Point; therefore, the Refuge will be closed, January 17 through April 30, 2016, for the safety of the public.

The Service will do its best to reduce the length of the closure to the absolute minimum, but addressing issues that are quickly escalating along the pathway to the Point is critical for the future of public safety and visitation at the Refuge.

The Kīlauea Point Natural History Association's Bookstore and gift shop will also be closed for the duration of the trail stabilization project and will not have a temporary location.

Any questions regarding the closure, please contact Jennifer Waipa at (808) 828-1413 or email at

More information about the project can be found here.

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2016
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