Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
The Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was created in 1985 when the Coast Guard transferred the lands to the government. Already a natural habitat for seabirds like the red-footed boobies, the wedge-tailed shearwaters, and the red and white-tailed tropicbirds, this was a perfect place for a refuge. The refuge staff helped re-introduce the nēnē or Hawaiian goose which were close to extinction. Today, there is a healthy population of nēnē at Kīlauea Point. Later, a colony of Laysan albatross made the refuge home.
By 1989, the USFWS had completed a new visitor center. Volunteers, under the guidance of the USFWS, help explain the wildlife and plant life to refuge visitors. They also conduct the tours of the Lighthouse two days a week. Our non-profit organization, KPNHA, funds volunteer training and recognition projects in support of the USFWS.