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.


Join the KPNHA Charity Walk Team or pledge your support

And help support wildlife maintenance and restoration at our 3 national wildlife refuges!


Kīlauea Point Natural History Association (KPNHA), the Friends Group that supports our Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex, has formed a team for the 2019 Kauaʻi Visitor’s Industry Charity Walk, which will be held on Saturday, May 11th at the Vidinha Soccer Field.  All of the funds pledged for the KPNHA team will be returned through a grant in support of our important conservation, preservation and education work - and every dollar given is MATCHED!

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Lighthouse Day 2018 (Kathleen Viernes)

Lighthouse Day 2018 (Kathleen Viernes)

Visit Kīlauea Point for our annual Lighthouse Day: May 4th

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, we will be celebrating the 106th birthday of our lighthouse, known today as the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse.

Join us for a wonderful celebration including: a fee free day at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and numerous cultural activities. Plus, the Refuge will remain open until dusk for the annual lighting of the Lighthouse at dusk.

Stay tuned for more details!

Dan moriarty memorial Scholarship application


Kīlauea Point Natural History Association is now accepting applications for our annual scholarship in honor of Dan Moriarty. MORE INFORMATION & APPLICATION

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2019

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.