Rules and Regulations


Our mission is the protection of wildlife and their habitat. Please check with the Refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. Be safe and have fun!

General Refuge Rules:

  • Absolutely NO drones, they scare the birds
  • Qualified service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act are allowed
  • No pets or therapy animals
  • Maintain 10-foot distance from wild birds. They need to remain wild and disassociated from human things (i.e. cars, dogs and cats, human food, etc.)
  • No food or drink (water okay)
  • No smoking 
  • No amplified or loud music
  • Walking into the Refuge is NOT permitted due to the steep and narrow driveway

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:

Accessed via Kāhili Quarry Road in Kīlauea town. This area is part of Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and neighbors Kāhili Quarry Beach. Due to road conditions, high-clearance 4WD is recommended.

  • Pets allowed 
    • Must be on short leash per County ordinance
    • Clean up after your pet
  • Fires in portable stoves only 
    • Do not gather firewood
  • Fishing allowed in accordance with State of Hawai`i regulations
  • Pack out all trash
  • No hunting
  • No camping
  • No unauthorized commercial activity 
  • No loud music, bright lights, or parties. Remember that some people seek nature to get away from city sounds. Be considerate. 

As of March 2020, the Kāhili section of the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is inaccessible. The adjacent land owner has closed the makai portion of Kāhili Quarry Road to vehicles, bikers, and pedestrians due to safety concerns from recent flood damage. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to work with the community to address this issue.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available!