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 âÄ (Red-footed booby), MÅlÄ« (Laysan albatross), âUa âu kani (Wedge-tailed shearwater) among other Kauaâi wildlife in their natural habitat. The coastal front also provides a safe haven for the endangered âIlio-holo-i-ka-uaua (Hawaiian monk seal), Honu(Green sea turtle), and KoholÄ (Humpback whale).
From LÄ«huâe, drive north on KÅ«hiÅ Highway for approximately 23 miles to the town of KÄ«lauea, turn right on Kolo Road, then left on KÄ«lauea 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 KÄ«lauea 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.
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 kamaÊ»Äina pass can be purchased for $20.00. The kamaÊ»Äina pass allows visits to KÄ«lauea 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.