Who We Are…

Kīlauea Point Natural History Association (KPNHA) is the non-profit friends group which supports the conservation, education, and preservation work of the Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex - including Kīlauea Point NWR, Hanalei NWR Refuge and Hulēʻia NWR. 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.


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.

The Kīlauea Lighthouse

The recently completed restoration of the century-old 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. This structure stands at the edge of Kīlauea Point, 180 feet above the ocean. Displays at a nearby station 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

update on the partial government shutdown

Due to the partial government shutdown, KPNHA experienced a loss of income derived through our Nature Store. Please donate to the Kīlauea Point Natural History Association or join or renew your Membership today to help. Funds raised by KPNHA support important refuge projects, and these financial resources are needed now, more than ever, to recover from the backlog of work and maintenance that could not be completed during the federal government shutdown. Please click below to make a donation today or to show your continued support by becoming a valued Member!

We appreciate your continued support of our work to promote the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which includes the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Hanalei Refuge and Hulē‘ia Refuge. Mahalo nui loa!

For more information from the FWS team, please visit them at: Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.