About the Complex


Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This management area consists of three refuges - Kīlauea Point NWR, Hanalei NWR and Hulē‘ia NWR 


Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is located 2 miles north of historic Kīlauea town on the northernmost tip of Kaua‘i. It is the only refuge on Kaua‘i open to the public and providing visitor services. Kīlauea Point is a must-see destination for island visitors and residents alike. The refuge supports native coastal plants and nesting seabird populations as well as the endangered nēnē or Hawaiian goose. Kilauea Point NWR is also the home of the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse. 

Learn more at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kilauea_point

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

Encircled by waterfall-draped mountains, the picturesque Hanalei Valley on the north shore of Kaua‘i harbors the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Hanalei NWR was established under the Endangered Species Act to conserve five endangered water birds that rely on the Hanalei Valley for nesting and feeding habitat: the koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck), the ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian coot), the ‘alae‘ula (Hawaiian moorhen), the ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt), and the nēnē (Hawaiian goose). Forty-five other species of birds (18 of which are introduced species) also utillize refuge habitat at some point throughout the year.

Learn more at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hanalei

Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge

Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge is located on the southeast side of Kaua‘i and lies adjacent to the famous Menehune Fish Pond, a registered National Register of Historic Places. The Refuge is located in a relatively flat valley along the Hulē‘ia River bordered by a steep wooded hillside. This land was used for wetland agriculture including taro and rice but is managed today as a refuge for wildlife. Thirty-one species of birds, including endangered ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt), ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian coot), ‘alae‘ula (Hawaiian moorhen), nēnē (Hawaiian goose), and koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck) can be found at Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge. Twenty-six other species of birds (18 of which are introduced species) also use the Refuge.

Learn more at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/huleia

What is a Refuge Complex?

A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas, or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.