KÄªLAUEA POINT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OFFERS FREE ADMISSION VETERANS DAY WEEKEND AND THE KÄªLAUEA LIGHTHOUSE RESTORATION PHASE II NEARS COMPLETION
The Refuge will be CLOSED on Monday, November 12 in Observance of Veteranâs Day
KÄ«lauea Point National Wildlife Refuge will waive entrance fees throughout Veteranâs Day weekend, Saturday, November 10 through Sunday, November 11. The Refuge will be open regular visitor hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In observance of Veteranâs Day, the Refuge will be closed Monday, November 12. However, Refuge volunteers will be stationed at the Refuge overlook to provide natural history interpretation and assist visitors throughout the day.
The Refuge is also celebrating a milestone as KÄ«lauea Lighthouse Restoration Phase II nears completion, ahead of the anticipated December deadline. Restoration overall is expected to be completed for the 100th anniversary in May 2013. Extensive restoration efforts to the KÄ«lauea Lighthouse began in 2010 to bring the structure back to its former glory. The lighthouse is sure to remain the icon of the KÄ«lauea community.
âI urge everyone to take the opportunity to come to KÄ«lauea Point over the fee-free Veterans Day weekend to see the exterior of the lighthouse and the progress made so far. This is a fine example of what coming together as a community can accomplish,â invited Shannon Smith, Refuge Project Leader. The project first began with the KÄ«lauea community when they expressed the desire to restore the lighthouse in 2002. The KÄ«lauea Point Natural History Association (KPNHA), a nonprofit organization, launched a capital campaign in 2008 to restore the lighthouse. Thanks to the support of the community, the campaign entitled âBeacon for the Generations to Come, Ka Lama Kuhikuhi No NÄ Hanaunaâ raised over $850,000.
The first major phase of restoration involved repairing the unique cast iron roof and lantern assembly. The second phase led by contractor McMillen, LLC and working closely with local subcontractors, involves: removal of interior and exterior coatings; repairs to the concrete tower; removal of concrete blocks from where windows were formerly located; installation of new windows, corbels, and installing new doors- all to restore its historic appearance. Future phases will involve work on the 2nd order Fresnel lens; finishing measures to protect key internal components; and public safety measures to allow for more frequent tours to just above the interior Watch Room level of the lighthouse. The intent is to allow for the public to safely get closer views of the lens and beautiful vistas more often than has been allowed in the recent past, while protecting the lens level, which is the âcrown jewelâ of this historic structure.
To learn more about the Refuge, visit: www.fws.gov/kilaueapoint ; to learn more about KPNHA, visit www.kilaueapoint.org.
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