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Hours of Operation

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The Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to the public on Saturday, September 1st in observance of the Labor Day holiday and will re-open to the public on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. The Refuge is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is closed on major federal holidays. Peak visitation time is in the morning, please consider an alternative time to help facilitate a pleasant Refuge visit. 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.

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Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge Proposes Fee Changes

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public input on an increase in entrance fees and an amenity fee for tours of the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse at the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR). In accordance with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004, the proposed changes to the fee schedule will be available for public review until March 16, 2018.

Proposed Fee Changes Information Bulletin

Restoration and translocation within the Nihoku (Crater Hill) predator-proof area

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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).

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Management Plan Completed

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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.

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About Kilauea Point

Welcome to Kīlauea Point

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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!

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About the Complex

Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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