Historical Kauai Lighthouse at Kilauea Point

Kilauea Lighthouse

As you explore Kauai’s north shore, taking in the view of the Kilauea Point Lighthouse is not to be missed. Be sure to include a stop in your Kauai sightseeing and activity plans.

About the Kilauea Point Lighthouse 

One of Kilauea Point’s claims to fame is that it’s the northern most point of the Hawaiian Islands. With this strategic location, Kilauea lighthouse was established in 1913 to help guide ships passing to and from the Orient. It remained in service until it was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1976.

Kilauea Point Lighthouse

Another interesting claim to fame for Kilauea Point Lighthouse is that it houses the world’s largest clamshell lens.

Visiting Kilauea Point

You can click here for a map of Kilauea Point.

If you have the 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.

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

National Wildlife Refuge

In 1985, Kilauea Point was established as a national wildlife refuge to protect the native birds and plants. Also, the ocean surrounding the area is designated as a whale sanctuary.

Kilauea Point is a great place to see birds flying and landing along the cliff sides.

Be careful in the area as the Hawaiian Nene are often nesting in the area. We’ve even seen nene in the parking area.

A nene family at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

You can also look for wildlife surfacing in the ocean. Spinner dolphins are known to swim in the area.

If you happen to be visiting at the peak of the humpback whale season, which is January through March, Kilauea Point is a superb place watch for humpback whales.

Bring binoculars to get a better view of the amazing wildlife.

For more information

See this link to Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

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

  2. 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.:)

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.)

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