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.

Important Notice:

Announcing closure of the refuge from January through April 2016

The Refuge And Our Mission

Our non-profit organization works closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service team to support conservation, education, and preservation efforts for the precious wildlife of Kaua‘i. By funding education programs at local schools and awarding annual scholarships for college students pursuing environmental studies, we 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.

The Kīlauea Lighthouse

The recently completed restoration of the century old Kīlauea 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. Dedicated to Senator Daniel K. Inouye in May 2013, this structure stands at the edge of Kīlauea Point, 180 feet above the ocean. Displays nearby 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