When you vacation on Kauai the natural setting provides plenty of places to explore. One of those is the vintage lighthouse located at the Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge. The nearly 100 year old lighthouse is the focal point of the refuge as is the large colony of birds that come and go from the area’s cliffs and hillsides.
One of the reasons the views are so incredible from Kilauea Lighthouse is its location atop the northernmost tip of Kauai. The view off the rugged northern coastline and the deep-blue Pacific makes this the perfect vantage point for photos. Of course, bird watching is also incredible here, with six species nesting at the refuge. They include:
- Red-footed Booby and Brown Booby
- Great Frigate Bird
- Laysan Albatross
- Wedge-tailed Shearwater
- Newell’s Shearwater
- White-tailed Tropicbird and Red-tailed Tropicbird
The 52-foot Kilauea Lighthouse was built in 1913 as a beacon for traveling ships. Although its light was turned off in the 1970s and has been replaced by an automatic beacon, it still serves as one of the island's most frequented attractions.
Watch for the Kilauea Lighthouse as you turn off Kuhi’o Highway in Kilauea Town. Kilauea Point is at the end of the road. There is a small $5 entrance fee required but the scenic vistas atop the Kilauea Point is worth it.