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Kilauea Point
National Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Point Lighthouse
State Hwy 56 and Lighthouse Rd
Kilauea, Kauai, HI   96754 - 1128
E-mail: Shannon_Smith@fws.gov
Phone Number: 808-828-1413
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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1985 when land an historic lighthouse were transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from the U.S. Coast Guard. The ocean cliffs and open grassy slopes of an extinct volcano provide breeding grounds for native Hawaiian seabirds and nene, the endangered Hawaiian goose.

Kilauea Point offers the opportunity, now unique on the main Hawaiian Islands, to view red-footed boobies, Laysan albatrosses, wedge-tailed shearwaters, and other seabirds in their natural habitat. The National Marine Sanctuary watters surrounding the refuge are home to Hawaiian monk seals, green turtles, and, in winter, humpback whales.

Getting There . . .
Turn off the Kuhio Highway at the entrance to the town of Kilauea and follow the signs to Kilauea Lighthouse.

The refuge is at the end of Kilauea Road.

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Built in 1913 as a navigational aid for commercial shipping between Hawaii and Asia, Kilauea Lighthouse stands as a monument to Hawai'i's colorful past. For 62 years, it guided ships and boats safely along Kaua'i's rugged north shore.

In 1976, the Coast Guard deactivated the lighthouse and replaced it with an automatic beacon. In 1979, the lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Management Activities
Current management programs are designed to protect six species of breeding seabirds and their habitats and to cooperate with the State of Hawai‘i in increasing and monitoring the nene (Hawaiian goose) population and a newly discovered ‘a‘o (Newell's shearwater) population.

Predator control and a predator fenceline around the perimeter of the refuge are necessary to protect breeding seabirds and nene. Native and endangered plant reintroduction and invasive species removal are ongoing and expanding. Native Hawaiian coastal plants naupaka, 'ilima, hala, ‘aheahea, ‘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 on Kilauea Point's protected and managed environment.

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