National wildlife refuge week
Join us for a full week of education and fun!
Hike & kayak space is limited. Reservations are required (limited to 2).
Reservations beginning: Tuesday, October 1st.
First come, first served.
CALL: (808) 635 – 6367
Please leave a clear message to receive a confirmation.
Here is the full line-up of events and activities:
Tuesday, October 15th
Hanalei Wetlands NWR Interpretive Walk
8:00am – 11:00am (reservations required)
Join Refuge Volunteers and Friends of Hanalei Refuge members Kim Steutermann Rogers, Louise Barnfield & Hob Osterlund for a walk in the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Get a glimpse of our endangered native wetland species in their habitat and learn about wetland management in Hawai‘i’s premier wetland.
Wednesday, October 16th
Kayak along the Hulē‘ia River & visit Hulē‘ia NWR
9:15am - 12:30pm Reservations Required, Fee = $20
Join Deputy Project Leader, Mike Mitchell for a morning paddle along the Hulē‘ia River and a short hike in Kīpū. Then visit the Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge to learn about wetland management techniques used in the recovery of the native & endangered birds.
Tour the Lighthouse
10:30am – 2:30pm Tickets required
Take a tour of the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse every hour on the half hour beginning at 10:30am and continuing through 2:30pm. Tickets are obtained on-site. No early reservations.
Hawaiian Hoary Bat - ʻŌpeʻapeʻa Lecture Princeville Public Library FREE
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Join bat biologist, Corinna Pinzari, as she reveals recent research discoveries about the elusive ʻŌpeʻapeʻa, Hawaiian Hoary Bat. Lecture will include bat ecology and innovative techniques used by researchers to understand populations across the state.
Thursday, October 17th
Block Print Demonstration & Book Signing
All Day! - Kīlauea Point Visitor Center
Spend time at the Visitor Center with artist, author, and bird-lover Caren Loebel-Fried, for a demonstration of the intricate and fascinating techniques of block printing! She will also be signing copies of her recent book, “A Perfect Day for an Albatross”.
Book Signing with Hob Osterlund and Susan Dierker
11:00am – 1:00pm - Kīlauea Point Visitor Center
Meet “Holy Mōlī” author Hob Osterlund and “Albatross of Kaua‘i, the Story of Kaloakulua” author Susan Dierker for a book-signing at the Kīlauea Visitor Center. Both are dedicated to preserving and promoting safe habitat for the Laysan Albatross.
Jr Ranger Reading Program – FREE
Princeville Library 10:30am – 11:30am (Suitable for keiki 3-6yrs)
Join Bat Biologist, Corinna Pinzari and Park Ranger Christa for storytime, including: engaging stories, songs, rhymes and ‘make and take craft’ about elusive native bats of Kauaʻi.
Friday, October 18th
Pau Hana Celebration for the Community - FREE
5:00pm – 9:00pm - Porter Pavilion
Join us for an evening of fun: Live Music, Great Food, Wildlife Photography slideshow (5-6), Drinks and News from the Refuge and partner organizations of the great work happening in our community!
Music: Candice & Co.
Food: Hanalei Taro Co., Carabellas Pizza, & B’s Donuts
Partner Organizations: Hawaiʻi Island Land Trust, Kauaʻi’s Invasive Species Council’s: ROD (Rapid ʻŌhia Death), Kīlauea Point Natural History Association, Friends of Hanalei Refuge, Limahuli Garden & Preserve with face painting & good cheer!
Saturday, October 19th
FEE FREE DAY at Kīlauea Point
10:00am – 4:00pm
Come enjoy the sights and sounds of Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge at no charge! Fun activities for keiki, hula performance, 35 foot Nat-Geo Map of the Pacific Basin, expert geology presentations, exotic wildlife touch-table & interactive booths from island organizations about Kauaʻi conservation! Watch seabirds up close, check out native coastal plants and observe nēnē in their habitat.
• Kauaʻi Invasive Species Council & Rapid ʻŌhia Death Info
• National Marine Sanctuary
• Geologist Chuck Blay & Cartographer Rob Siemers
• U.S. Fish & Wildlife Endangered Species Exhibit
• Kīlauea Point Natural History Association
Hula Performance – Hula Halau o Hanalei
Come celebrate the beauty of song and dance as Kumu Hula, Naomi Yokotake leads her halau in honor of the places, creatures and fragrances of our islands.
Book Signing & Keiki Storytime
Author & Illustrator: Dr. Terry & Joanna Carolan
12:30pm – 2:30pm (storytime – 1:00pm)
Join this dynamic duo of author and illustrator as they share their wonderful children’s books. They will be available to sign books and even a formal storytime in our Kīlauea Point Visitor Center. A rare treat!
Tour the Lighthouse
10:30am – 2:30pm Tickets required
Take a tour of the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse every hour on the half hour beginning at 10:30am and continuing through 2:30pm. Tickets are obtained on-site with no early reservations taken.
Nihokū Predator-proof Fence Interpretive Hike
8:30am – 11:30am Reservations required
Join Refuge partner, Pacific Rim Conservation’s outreach coordinator, for a strenuous hike to view Kaua‘i’s first predator-proof fence on the slopes of Nihokū. Learn about efforts being made to strengthen Hawai‘i’s Newell’s shearwater (`a`o) and Hawaiian petrel (`ua`u) seabird populations while accessing an area that few are permitted to see!
Refuge Events: Junior Ranger Storytime
EVERY THIRD THURSDAY
10:30 AM TO 11:30 AM
PRINCEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
4343 EMMALANI DRIVE
Join Ranger Christa and friends as they tell superlative stories and share outdoor adventures and lessons about the natural world! All Storytimes are followed by a Make & Take craft. For more information, click to download the flyer.
Check back soon for more community events!
Family fishing fun day - october 5, 2019
Something very fishy was going on at the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge recently, and it sure was fun! Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge and the Kīlauea Point Natural History Association (KPNHA) sponsored a “Family Fishing Fun Day—Fish the Invasives” event on Saturday, October 5th at the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge.
This fun and enriching event served seventeen Kauaʻi keiki and their families. Through the event, they had the opportunity to spend time on the wildlife refuge, which is normally closed to the public in order to protect endangered native wildlife.
The participants learned about “pono” fishing, invasive species and information about the threatened and endangered wetland bird species served by the refuge. Knowledgeable experts shared their manaʻo and many volunteers came together to ensure that the kids hooked fish…and wow, did they. In just a few hours, and with lots of squeals of excitement, 104 invasive tilapia were pulled from the Hanalei River and a nearby refuge ditch. All of the fishing gear was provided thanks to a generous grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, following a national initiative to help support sustainable hunting and fishing on wildlife refuges across the country.
In addition to learning how to fish, the event also included information stations featuring fish dissection, biology and barbless hook making from volunteers from the Hawaiʻi Department of Aquatic Resources, microscopes providing views of pond water and local invertebrates, information from a refuge educator about endangered birds and the unique environment of the refuge, bird watching by volunteers from the newly-formed Friends of Hanalei Refuge, and the creation of some colorful fish prints. One of the farmers also hosted a walking tour and shared how to grow taro and what it’s like to work as a farmer on the Hanalei Refuge where your livelihood includes helping to manage wetland habitat for endangered waterbirds. Families left the event with fish, goody bags and memories of a wonderful morning together on Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge.
“We hope that many of the keiki who participated in our event got ‘hooked’ on fishing,” shared Thomas Daubert, KPNHA Executive Director, “and that they each developed a deeper understanding of the importance of caring for Hawaiʻi’s precious wetlands.”
Family Fishing Fun Day June 8, 2019
In celebration of World Oceans Day on Saturday June 8th, Kīlauea Point Natural History Association and the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge offered a special Family Fishing Fun Day at the Kāhili area of the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, serving Kīlauea community youth ages 5 to 17 and their families. Click below to visit a gallery of images from the event on our Facebook page.
MariNe Debris...What can we do?
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Princeville Community Center
Mahalo nui loa to Kristen Kelly, State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources - Marine Wildlife Program, for partnering with Kīlauea Point Natural History Association to present a very informative session about marine debris in the uninhabited North Western Hawaiian Islands and its impacts to the wildlife in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This free talk was part of our celebration of World Oceans Day 2019. Kristen helped us all become inspired to change how we live!
Charity Walk - May 11, 2019
Mahalo nui loa to everyone who supported our team for the 2019 Charity Walk! Your support helps us fund habitat maintenance and restoration for the Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Lighthouse Anniversary Day
On Saturday, May 4, 2019, the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge ʻohana teamed up with KPNHA to present this annual event, celebrating the 106th birthday of our beautiful lighthouse!
“KAI” Ocean Art Show 2019
February 26-March 9, 2019, 10am-4pm Tue-Sat
Mahalo nui loa to Patrick Ching, who partnered with KPNHA to present the annual “KAI” Ocean Art Show. Proceeds of the event supported habitat maintenance and restoration for the Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Patrick Ching Whale Painting Workshop
Saturday, March 2, 11-2pm at Kīlauea Point Refuge
Mahalo nui loa to Patrick Ching, who hosted a limited-seating acrylic Whale Painting Class at Kīlauea Point Refuge, in Kīlauea. Proceeds of the class supported KPNHA.