Kilauea Point / Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Kilauea Point / Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Kilauea Lighthouse: A Historic Wildlife Refuge

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The original Kilauea Lighthouse was built in 1913 to assist commercial shipping between Asia and Hawaii. For some 62 years, this lighthouse shined as a bright beacon in the vast Pacific Ocean. However, this lighthouse doesn’t shine anymore; it was replaced some years ago by a high power LED tower in front of the lighthouse. 

But more than just a lighthouse, this area called Kilauea Point is also a wildlife refuge. If you are here during the right season, you might see spinner dolphins and monk seals in the ocean. But for sure, you will find lots of seabirds flying overhead or nesting on the cliffs. The most visible bird is the red-footed booby, but there are also albatross and great frigate birds with a massive seven-foot wingspan. It is amazing to watch the birds glide in the air above the cliffs and dive down in search of a fish. But! There is one note of caution, as these birds fly overhead watch out for their…uh.. how should I put it… heavenly gifts. Well, if you don’t get that, let me just say it bluntly… watch out for their poop! Some say that with all the visitors, these birds have a lot of practice and are a dang good aim! 

Lastly, you should know that the lighthouse is open Thursday - Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm If the lighthouse is not open the day you visit, there is a lookout outside the lighthouse that you can check out. 

Want to check out Kilauea Point? Take our North Shore Kauai Tour!

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