Wildlife & Habitat


Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is a visually stunning gift because of the plants and animals that live here. All over the world, wild places have been altered causing dramatic declines in native plants and animals. The National Wildlife Refuge system was established in 1903 to start conserving and recovering habitats and their wildlife populations. Currently the NWRS is the largest acreage of public lands and waters set aside for fish, wildlife, and plants in the world – with more than 150 million acres and at least one refuge in every state.

  • Birds


    Each year, thousands of migratory seabirds use Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge for nesting, foraging, or resting. Laysan albatross, red-footed boobies, brown boobies, red-tailed and white-tailed tropicbirds, great frigatebirds, and wedge-tailed shearwaters all visit the refuge. In addition, migratory shorebirds, such as the kōlea can be seen August through May. A small population of endangered nēnē were reintroduced on the refuge in the 1990s and are continuing to do well.

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  • Mammals and Reptiles


    Spinner dolphins, humpback whales, Hawaiian monk seals, and green turtles can all be spotted in the waters or on the beach below Kīlauea Point.

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  • Plants and Trees


    Native Hawaiian coastal plants including: naupaka kahakai, ‘ilima, hala, ‘āheahea, ‘akoko, and others, have been restored on the refuge. In addition, an endangered plant restoration program is giving species such as the rare alula a chance to survive in Kīlauea Point's protected and managed environment.

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