Who We Are…

Kīlauea Point Natural History Association (KPNHA) is the non-profit friends group which supports the conservation, education, and preservation work of the Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex - including Kīlauea Point Refuge, Hanalei Refuge and Hulēʻia Refuge. We work closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service team to support the precious wildlife of Kaua‘i. By funding education programs at local schools and awarding annual scholarships for college students pursuing environmental studies, we also encourage awareness of our natural resources. With donations, plus funds from bookstore operations, we finance research and educational projects, rehabilitative care, volunteer training, special events at the refuge, and equipment for wetlands management. Learn More.


“Welcome Back” Mōlī Blessing Ceremony at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge - Friday, November 29, 2019 at Noon

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The community is invited to experience a ceremony to welcome the Laysan Albatross, or Mōlī, back to the Island of Kauaʻi. Join us on Friday, November 29th at noon at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge as Kumu Kēhaulani Kekua and Hālau Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai present a beautiful program of hula and chant written in honor of this annual occurrence. Regular Refuge admission fees apply. Click for more information.


Looking for a way to help?

Hanalei National wildlife refuge is seeking Volunteers to assist with avian botulism surveys

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Since early July, Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge has been experiencing an outbreak of avian botulism, a deadly toxin produced by bacteria commonly found in the soil in Hawaiʻi, which can have a devastating impact upon our threatened and endangered bird populations. To help combat this challenge, FWS staff, volunteers and interns regularly survey Hanalei Refuge to look for sick or deceased birds. By monitoring the locations of “hot spots”, analyzing conditions that tend to favor an outbreak and working to quickly remove deceased birds from the environment, the team has an opportunity to help break the cycle of these outbreaks and save more birds from this terrible illness.

The Refuge Bio team is seeking volunteers who can assist with avian botulism survey work. Click to view a volunteer job description or read more about this challenge in the October issue of Kīlauea Pointer. If you’d like to help, please email Kim Uyehara, Refuge Biologist. Mahalo nui loa!


environmental assessment for the Hanalei Viewpoint Project

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided an open forum for public feedback on a draft environmental assessment for the proposed Hanalei Valley Viewpoint at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, through June 22nd. To review the plan, visit FWS.

The Service is proposing the Hanalei Valley Viewpoint to connect the local community and visitors to the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. The proposed project will provide interpretive messages and panoramic views to the sensitive landscapes of the Refuge that currently has limited public access. The State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation is a partner for this project, providing support and improvements to the Kūhi'ō Highway as part of the project.


Experience the Wonders of Kīlauea Point

For nature lovers, wildlife abounds. Seabirds soar overhead, whales breach off shore, and several bird species nest and raise their young at the refuge.  For history buffs, the recently restored century-old Kīlauea Lighthouse offers a glimpse into the rich history of the area. And for everyone, the panoramic views of the rocky coastline, and the surrounding green mountains show the incredible beauty of Hawai‘i. This is truly a special place – a sanctuary for wildlife and people.

The Kīlauea Lighthouse

The recently completed restoration of the century-old lighthouse has returned it to essentially its original state in 1913.  Twice a week, lighthouse lovers can climb up into the tower that once projected a beam 22 miles to sea. This structure stands at the edge of Kīlauea Point, 180 feet above the ocean. Displays at a nearby station tell the story of life in the early days at the Kīlauea Point Light Station. The three year restoration project was made possible, in part, by close to one million dollars in private donations. Learn More.

The Kīlauea lighthouse and wildlife refuge is one of Hawaii’s true treasures. Each year thousands of birds, whales and people visit the spot. The efforts of volunteers, donors and KPNHA are integral to the existing of this amazing historical and natural refuge.
— Senator Daniel Inouye

please support our work

We appreciate your continued support of our work to promote the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which includes the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Hanalei Refuge and Hulē‘ia Refuge. Mahalo nui loa!

For more information from the FWS team, please visit them at: Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.