Kilauea Point NWR has implemented a timed entry reservation system in order to meet the CDC, state and local guidance related to COVID-19 and to better manage high visitation demand and limited parking availability.

Each adult entering the refuge will need a timed reservation ticket for each day they plan to be at the refuge. Children 15 and under are free and do not need a reservation. You may reserve up to 15 tickets per reservation.

The timed reservation ticket includes the entrance fee, unless you have an annual or lifetime pass, which would cover the passholder and and up to 3 additional adults. Valid entrance passes accepted are: Kamaʻāina, Duck Stamp, Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Interagency Volunteer Pass, Interagency Military Pass, Interagency 4th Grade Pass. You can also choose to purchase a pass onsite. If you have a pass or wish to purchase a pass, select the Existing Passholder or Purchase Pass reservation option. All reservations including passholders and pass purchasers will be required to pay the $1.00 reservation fee per ticket.

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1985 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is marked by its towering lighthouse. The ocean cliffs and tall grassy slopes of a dormant volcano provide a protective breeding ground for many Hawaiian seabirds.

It is also one of the few locations where you can observe the ‘Ā (Red-footed booby), Mōlī (Laysan albatross), ‘Ua ‘u kani (Wedge-tailed shearwater) among other Kaua‘i wildlife in their natural habitat. The coastal front also provides a safe haven for the endangered ‘Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua (Hawaiian monk seal), Honu(Green sea turtle), and Koholā (Humpback whale).

Driving Directions:

From Līhu‘e, drive north on Kūhiō Highway for approximately 23 miles to the town of Kīlauea, turn right on Kolo Road, then left on Kīlauea Road and drive 2 miles to the refuge entrance. All visitors are required to drive down into the refuge parking area. Parking is limited. Please call in advance if there are more than 20 people. Passenger vehicles are restricted to vans transporting 15 people or fewer. Buses are not permitted without prior permission.


The Refuge provides two parking stalls for disabled visitors (vehicle placard required). These designated parking stalls are located at the entry to the 200 yard/meter walkway that leads visitors to: the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse; opportunities to view seabirds in their natural habitat; and witness sweeping vistas. The walkway is paved and fully wheelchair accessible. A golf cart is also available upon request at the Fee Booth. Please contact the Refuge at (808) 828-1413 if you need further assistance.

Entrance Fee:

An entry fee of $10 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.


Restrooms, a drinking fountain, and water refilling station are available.


Pets, food, and drink and firearms are prohibited. Water is permitted.