Kilauea Lighthouse / Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Lighthouse / Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
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Phone (808) 828-1413
Address 3580 Kilauea Rd, Kilauea, HI 96754
Restored lighthouse and bird sanctuary with amazing views.

• General: Cost: Paid • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Nature Walk • Sightseeing: Great Views • Sightseeing: Wildlife
• Tours: Self Guided • Cultural & Historical: Historic / Landmarks • Cultural & Historical: Museum / Art Center

The Kilauea Lighthouse is located in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge area on Kauai's north shore. Getting here is very easy, see our map pinpoint for exact location of the lighthouse and main lookout area. Entry is $5 per person, children 15 and under are free.

As you drive towards the lighthouse you'll find a lookout point before entering the gates to the refuge area and this lookout is completely free and has a small area to park. The views here are amazing, though the views from the lighthouse area are much better.

If you don't mind paying the $5 fee and you are here when they are open then drive through the gated area and follow the road up to the next parking area you find. Park, pay, and enter. The walkway from the parking lot to the lighthouse is paved and wheelchair accessible and a short walk overall. There is also a golf cart you can request at the booth where you paid admission if you need a ride up.

The refuge opened to visitors in 1985 with the idea of educating the public on the various seabirds that live here, the native plants, and on the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse itself. Plan around 30 minutes of time to look around and take some photos. There is a bathroom and drinking fountain here as well but you cannot bring any food or drink (except water) with you. The lighthouse was originally built in 1913 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. You'll also find a gift shop right next to the lighthouse.

You'll be able to roam around the property, look through their stationary binoculars, and generally see some unbelievable views of the surrounding ocean, scenery, and birds. A note on the birds: Look at the ground before you stand in a spot too long. See a bunch of white splatters? Move on a bit because you're in a hot zone!