About KPNHA

Established in 1983, Kīlauea Point Natural History Association (KPNHA) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 50l(c)(3) charitable organization.  Your donations to the association are fully tax deductible.  Similar groups throughout the country, known as Friends Groups, work closely with local wildlife refuges operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS).


Mission:  The purpose of the Kīlauea Point Natural History Association is to promote better understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the natural history and environment of Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuges and native Hawaiian ecosystems by fostering educational, interpretive, and scientific activities and projects for the benefit of the public and the wildlife.

Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex

KPNHA supports three refuges located on the north shore of Kaua‘i. USFWS manages the refuges at Kīlauea Point, Hanalei, and Huleia.  The Kīlauea Point National Refuge, also the location of the Lighthouse, is the only refuge open to the public.  Open 10 am to 4 pm on Tuesday through Saturday, this refuge offers visitors the opportunity to see a variety of seabirds flying overhead and nesting in the area.  The distinctive nēnē or Hawaiian goose, once almost extinct, walk around the lawns by the lighthouse. 

During the whale season (November through April), you can see adult whales and calves cruising in the waters off the point, often breeching or splashing with their flukes or flippers.  You may see the Hawaiian monk seal or the green sea turtles in the coves by the cliffs.  This is a spot of incredible beauty with vistas along the rocky coast line and the surrounding green mountains.  During the winter surf season, waves crashing on the cliffs shoot spray more than 100 feet high.  Native vegetation adds to your experience.

The other two refuges not open to the public are areas where USFWS manages habitat for endangered wetland bird populations such as the native Hawaiian duck, coot, moorhen and stilt.