Newell's Shearwater Chicks to Call Nihokū Home
A project years in the making took place on Kauaʻi’s north shore on Monday when seven threatened Newell’s Shearwater (‘A‘o) chicks were flown by helicopter from their montane nesting areas to a new colony protected by a predator-proof fence at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.
Building a New Colony of Newell's Shearwaters at Kīlauea Point NWR
Refuge Closed Saturday, December 24, 2016
The Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday on Saturday, December 24, 2016 and will re-open to the public on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.
Petrel at Nihokū Leaves the Burrow (Video)
Check out the video of Petrel #13 on 10/31/2016 deciding whether the outside world is scary, or interesting. It took him a few minutes to get up the courage to leave his burrow
2016 10 31 Petrel 13 Leaving its Burrow
About Kilauea Point
Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge’s dramatic backdrop of steep cliffs plunging to the ocean is one of the best places on the main Hawaiian Islands to view wildlife, and is also home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds found in Hawai'i. Visitors also have a chance to view spinner dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals, native Hawaiian coastal plants and Hawai‘i’s state bird - the nēnē or endangered Hawaiian goose. For information about Lighthouse Tours go to Plan Your Visit below! Plan Your Visit
About the Complex
Kaua'i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, located on the oldest island of Hawaii, consists of 3 refuges which provide extremely valuable habitat for wildlife.
Kīlauea Point is managed as part of the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Items of Interest
The Refuge is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is closed on major federal holidays. The Refuge will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Saturday, December 31. Please give yourself at least 30 minutes to enjoy your time at the Refuge. An entry fee of $5 per person 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 cash or traveler's checks only.Plan Your Visit
Experience the Refuge like never before by volunteering today! The Refuge provides various opportunities for people seeking to enhance wildlife and habitat conservation through education, visitor interaction, photography, landscape care, maintenance, and biological surveys.Get Involved
The Refuge is using the first predator-proof fenced area on Kaua‘i to keep out mammalian predators, such as cats, dogs, rats, mice, and potentially mongooses, so that native species such as the endangered nēnē (Hawaiian goose), the mōlī (Laysan albatross), and rare plants can flourish again. In addition, the absence of predators make this restored site an appropriate translocation site for the endangered ‘ua‘u (Hawaiian petrel) and threatened ‘a‘o (Newell's shearwater).Learn more
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a Comprehensive Conservation Plan that outlines the goals, objectives, and strategies for managing Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years. The management plan was developed with input from local, state, and federal governments; local communities; and other stakeholders. The plan emphasizes enhancing coastal ecosystems, restoring seabird breeding populations, conducting monitoring and research, and improving visitor services and environmental education.Learn more
The Mōlī or Laysan albatross may spend years over the open ocean without ever touching land!
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2016
Celebrating 100 years of Migratory Bird ConservationJanuary 01, 0001
2016 marks the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds, signed on Aug. 16, 1916. This Migratory Bird Treaty, and three others that followed with Japan, Russia, and Mexico, form the cornerstones of our efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. Here in Hawai‘i, many of our native birds are protected under these treaties and we are joining the celebration island style!Find Out How You Can Join Us in Celebrating the Migratory Bird Treaty