Plan Your Visit

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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.  Please note the Lighthouse Tour schedule and requirements prior to your arrival.

The Refuge is located 2 miles north of historic Kīlauea town on the northernmost tip of Kaua‘i.

Hours of Operation:

The Refuge is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with closures on all major federal holidays. Peak visitation time is in the morning, please consider an alternative time to help facilitate a pleasant Refuge visit.  Please give yourself at least 30 minutes to enjoy your time at the Refuge.   

Refuge Highlights:

  • 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.
  • Visitors can enjoy a leisurely 0.2-mile walk to Kīlauea Point from the entrance booth with breathtaking views and interpretive panels.
  • The Visitor Center features interpretive dioramas highlighting native Hawaiian habitats and wildlife.
  • The Kīlauea Point Natural History Association bookstore has an excellent selection of natural history books and other items.

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. All visitors are required to drive down into the refuge parking area. Parking is limited. 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.


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). These designated parking stalls are located at the entry to the 200 yard/meter walkway that leads visitors to: the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse; opportunities to view seabirds in their natural habitat; and witness sweeping vistas. The walkway is paved and fully wheelchair accessible. A golf cart is also available upon request at the Fee Booth. Please contact the Refuge at (808) 828-1413 if you need further assistance.

Entrance Fee:

An entry fee of $10 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.

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


Restrooms, a drinking fountain, and water refilling station are available.


Pets, food, and drink and firearms are prohibited. Water is permitted.