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Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge opened to visitors in 1985 to provide the general public with an opportunity to experience and learn about a unique diversity of seabirds, native coastal plants, and the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse.


RESERVATIONS REQUIRED:

Make your reservations at Recreation.gov

Phased Reopening

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following federal, state, and local public health authority guidance to implement a phased approach to increase public access to Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Based on this guidance and in accordance with the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is beginning to safely increase access.

We are excited to welcome you back but do ask that you follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. Staff are working to maintain clean, safe, and healthy facilities in accordance with federal, state and local guidance. 

Entrance Fee:

In order to access the Kīlauea peninsula (aka Kīlauea Point), an entry fee of $10 is required for adults 16+ and must be paid for in advance through the online reservation system, unless the visitor has or will be buying a Federal Lands Pass (e.g. America The Beautiful passes) onsite.  

Children 15 and under are free.

America the Beautiful passes are honored and sold here. An Annual kamaʻāina (Hawai'i resident) pass can be purchased for $20.00 as well. Passes admit card holder and 3 adult guests.  Passes are available for purchase at the Refuge.  

The Refuge accepts credit card, cash, or traveler's checks for pass purchases. 

Reservations at Recreation.gov

Make your reservations at Recreation.gov

Kīlauea Point NWR has implemented a timed entry reservation system in order to meet the CDC, state and local guidance related to COVID-19 and to better manage high visitation demand and limited parking availability. Each person entering the Refuge will need a timed reservation ticket for each day they plan to be at the Refuge. Visitors age 16 and older will require a ticket. You may reserve up to 15 tickets per day. The timed reservation ticket includes entrance fee, unless you have an annual or lifetime pass, which would cover your entrance fee. Valid entrance passes accepted are: Kamaʻāina, Duck Stamp, Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Interagency Volunteer Pass, Interagency Military Pass, Interagency 4th Grade Pass.

Passholders will be required to pay the $1.00 reservation fee per ticket.

Booking Window

Timed reservation tickets are available two months in advance on the first of the month at 7 a.m. HST. Example: On July 1, tickets will be available for the dates of July 1 - August 31. Reservations may be made online up until the designated time of entry, as availability allows.

Open Facilities: the Kīlauea peninsula (aka Kīlauea Point), the Overlook at the end of Kilauea Road, and Kāhili Quarry at the end of Kāhili Quarry Road. The latter two do not require an entrance fee.  

Closed Facilities: Historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse, Contact Station, and Visitor Center

New Hours of Operation:

Thursday - Saturday

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

The Overlook at the end of Kilauea Road is always accessible to view Kīlauea Point and the lighthouse from a distance.

We are also closed on most major federal holidays such as:

Saturday, September 5th, 2020 in honor of Labor Day

Friday, December 25th, 2020 in honor of Christmas Day

Friday, January 1, 2021 in honor of New Year's Day

How long does it take to visit?

January through April is the refuge’s busiest season with peak visitation occuring in the morning. Please give yourself at least 40 minutes to enjoy your time at the Refuge.

Refuge Highlights (May not all be accessible):

  • Kīlauea Point offers unsurpassed views overlooking the Pacific, a unique opportunity to observe seabirds in their habitat and a chance to visit the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Lighthouse. Built in 1913, the structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. For Information and restrictions for Lighthouse tours, click here.
  • Whale watching from November-May. Peak Season is January and February.
  •  Get the best view of Moku ae’ae, a sea stack just off of Kīlauea Point. Don’t forget to look for the blowhole spouting on big wave days! Use binoculars to check out the birds nesting there.
  • Enjoy a leisurely 0.2-mile walk to Kīlauea Point with unsurpassed views overlooking the Pacific from Kīlauea town to Princeville. You can see miles of the gorgeous north shore mountain range.
  • The Visitor Center features interpretive dioramas highlighting native Hawaiian habitats and wildlife.
  • The Friends of Kaua’i Refuges bookstore has an excellent selection of books and other items to spark the naturalist in you 

Parking:

Parking is free. 

Due to the steep and narrow driveway, walking in to the Refuge is not permitted. The Refuge provides two parking stalls for disabled visitors (vehicle placard required). 

We have a very small parking lot. Please call in advance if there are more than 20 people. Passenger vehicles are restricted to vans transporting 15 people or fewer. Buses are not permitted without prior permission. 

The walkway within the Refuge is paved and fully wheelchair accessible. Need assistance? A golf cart is also available upon request at the Fee Booth. Please contact the Refuge at (808) 828-1413 x2222 if you need further assistance.

Driving Directions:

From Līhu‘e, drive north on Kūhiō Highway for approximately 23 miles to the town of Kīlauea, turn right on Kolo Road, then left on Kīlauea Road and drive 2 miles to the refuge entrance.

Location:

The Refuge is located within Kīlauea town at the end of Kilauea Road. We are the northernmost point of town...and of the entire Hawaiian islands!

Amenities:

Restrooms

Drinking fountains and water refilling station are currently unavailable due to caution over the spread of COVID-19.

Restrictions:

Drones

Pets

Food & Drink (water is okay)

Firearms

E-Cigarettes, Vape pens, Cigarette's, or smoking of any kind