Kauai’s Historic Kilauea Point Lighthouse and National Wildlife Refuge

After you pay the meager $5 entrance fee, begin the short, quarter-mile walk to Kilauea Lighthouse. It’s been closed for restoration for some time now, but it’s back open for the public to enjoy. This would be my first time back in ten years.

Look right and you’ll see rugged cliffs, sea caves, and many albatross…those white specks are the albatross. There’s also one flying. Spot it?


Look left and you’ll see Kauai’s North Shore, looking toward Hanalei and the Na Pali Coast.


Look down and you’ll notice a neat collection of tiles full of dedications.


Look forward and the Kilauea Lighthouse will be looking right back at you. Built in 1952, the 52-foot tall navigational aid was later placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.


Walk toward the back of the lighthouse and you’ll likely notice a bunch of people looking over the gate. Join them. There is a tiny islet below with even more albatross and wildlife.


Use one of the binoculars to get an even better look.


Make your way back, and don’t forget to smile…


…maybe even flash a quick shaka.



As you leave the grounds of the refuge and pass the last set of gates, pull over, get out of your car, and take in one final sweeping view of Kilauea Point.


Kilauea Point Lighthouse
3500 Kilauea Rd
Kilauea, HI 96754