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.
Visit the Lighthouse and Refuge
The Refuge is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is closed on major federal holidays. Peak visitation time is in the morning, please consider an alternative time to help facilitate a pleasant Refuge visit. Please give yourself at least 30 minutes to enjoy your time at the Refuge. An entry fee of $10 per person is required for adults 16 and older. Children under 16 are free. All Federal Recreational Lands Passes are honored here. Passes are available for purchase at the refuge. A yearly kamaʻāina pass can be purchased for $20.00. The kamaʻāina pass allows visits to Kīlauea Point throughout the year for the holder and up to 3 guests. The Refuge accepts credit cards, cash or traveler's checks. For more information, visit the Refuge here.