Visitor Activities

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Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous activities for visitors to choose from, including the following...

  • Bird-watching


    One of the greatest places on earth to observe seabirds and the nēnē, the state bird of Hawaii. Observation scopes and binoculars are available to observe birds, sealife, and the surrounding landscapes.” Learn more

  • Native Plants

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    Observe these native coastal plants thriving in their natural habitat:

    • ‘Ūlei (Hawaiian Rose, Osteomeles anthyllidifolia)
    • Naupaka kahakai (Scaevola sericea)
    • ‘Ilima (Sida fallax)
    • Hala (Tahitian screwpine, Pandanus tectorius)
    • ‘Akoko (Kauaʻi spurge, Euphorbia celastroides )
    • ‘Aheahea (Chenopodium oahuense)
    • Pōhuehue (beach morning glory, Ipomoea pes-caprae)
    • Pōhinahina (beach vitex, Vitex rotundifolia)

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  • Geology

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    Kīlauea Point is the remnant of the former Kīlauea volcanic vent that last erupted about 15,000 years ago. Today, only a small U-shaped portion remains, including a spectacular 568-foot ocean bluff.

  • Historic Lighthouse

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    Visit the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse Station, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Interpretation and Education Programs

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    Interpretive signs are located along the pathway. Staff and volunteers are available to help identify the wildlife and flora found at the refuge. Educational nature displays at the Contact Station and Visitor Center are also great resources.

  • Photography


    As the northernmost point of the Hawaiian islands, you can see miles of the gorgeous north shore mountain range and coastline, providing beautiful backdrops for wildlife photography or a family photo. Visit from November-May for whale watching and photography opportunities, peak Season is January and February.

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  • Nature Store

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    The nature store located within our visitor center is run by our friends group, Friends of Kaua’i Refuges. The store has an excellent selection of books and other items to spark the naturalist in you. Proceeds support environmental education programs and conservation projects for all three refuges within the Kaua’i National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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