Historical Kauai Lighthouse at Kilauea Point

Kilauea Lighthouse

This peaceful and picturesque point is not to be missed as you explore the North Shore of Kauai. The lighthouse was completed in 1913 to guide ships to and from the Orient.  It remained in service until it was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1976.  The lighthouse has the world’s largest clamshell lens.  In 1985, this area was established as a national wildlife refuge to protect the native birds and plants.

You will find a free scenic lookout to admire the scenery and take some photos. It’s the same scene as you can see in the photo at the top of this article.

If you have more time, you can visit the lighthouse and visitors center for a fee. You will need to make a reservation if you want to enter into the wildlife refuge.  To learn more about this area and touring the lighthouse, see this link.

Kilauea Point is a fantastic place to observe sea birds, the Hawaiian Nene, spinner dolphins and when in season (January – March), humpback whales.

Kilauea Point is at the northern most point of the Hawaiian Islands. For a map to the site, click here.

  1. That is an incredible view! When are you going to buy that land?

  2. LOL, Nicholas! I’m just about to prepare the contract to purchase that lot. 😉

  3. @Nicholas – we thought about buying the land but couldn’t find anyone to help chop down all the trees. Know anyone? 😉

  4. I may know someone who could do that. Just go ahead and send him a plane ticket and he’ll do the work for free.:)

  5. Laura – I’m glad you like the photo, but can you believe the photo doesn’t even do justice to the real sight?

  6. What a beautiful photo, did you or Andy take it?
    Do you know if the admission includes actually getting to go up into the lighthouse?

  7. HVG – Thanks…Andy took the photo.

    We were there after 4pm, so we didn’t have a chance to go to the lighthouse. I’m pretty sure that you cannot go up in the lighthouse. I’ll try to confirm.

  8. I just called the gift shop there and was told that they only let people in the lighthouse once per year and that is in May. (The phone connection was really bad, so I had a hard time understanding.)

  9. Mahalo for taking the time to call them and answer my question. If I go to Kauai, I will try to make sure it is in May!

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