Rules and Regulations

There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the Refuge.  Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn’t help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably Refuge rules governing this activity.  Please check with the Refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself.  There are plenty of activities on the Refuge for you to enjoy.  Be safe and have fun!  

General Refuge Rules:

  • No drones are allowed.
  • Maintain at least a 10-foot distance from nēnē, red-tailed tropicbirds (koa`e `ula), and wedge-tailed shearwaters (ua`u kani). They need to remain wild and disassociated from human things (i.e. cars, dogs and cats, human food, etc.)

Kīlauea Point Rules:

  • No pets (except identified service dogs)  
  • No food or drink (except water)
  • Walking into the Refuge is prohibited
  • Smoking is not allowed
  • No amplified or loud music

Kāhili Rules:

Due to extremely poor road conditions, vehicular access to Kāhili is limited to high-clearance 4WD.

  • Pets allowed on short leash only (per County ordinance)
  • Clean up after your pet and pack out all trash
  • No hunting or camping allowed
  • No unauthorized commercial activity
  • Respect other visitors quiet enjoyment (no loud music, bright lights, parties)
  • Fires in portable stoves only (no gathering of firewood)
  • Fishing allowed in accordance with State of Hawai`i regulations