What to Expect
Kilauea Road, Kilauea, North Kauai
Kilauea Lighthouse is the northernmost point of the main Hawaiian Islands. Built in 1913, it was had the largest lens of it's kind and guided ships heading to and from the Orient. In the 1970's its light was turned off and this landmark was replaced by a low-maintenance light beacon. The lighthouse is located on a narrow peninsula and remains one of Kauai's most popular attractions. Native vegetations and an informative visitor center attract thousands of tourists to this site to bird watch, view the sweeping cliff and ocean vistas, and revel in Kaua's past. Nearby is the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, home to a diverse population of nesting seabirds and the only such sanctuary in the islands. Residents include the red-footed boobies, the Laysan albatross, and the great frigate bird with its 8-foot wingspan. Crater Hill, landward from the lighthouse, is part of an extince volcano that looms above the refuge and is open to hikers. From this hill are terrific views of the North Shore coast and the seabird nests. Moku'ae'ae Islet, pictured here, is just offshore from the peninsula. It is a bird sanctuary and often home to the Hawaiian monk seal who may be seen lazing in the sun near the shoreline.
Take Highway 56 north from Anahola. Turn right onto Kiauea Road just after Mile Marker #23. Follow the road to the end. There is plenty of paved parking available near the visitor center. There is a short hike out to the lighthouse and great views of the entire area above the peninsula at the lookout.
Historical and scenic area with terrific views above and on the Peninsula of the coast, the cliffs, seabirds, and the lighthouse
Kilauea Wildlife Refuge located nearby on Liauea Point is open daily 10am - 4pm - call 808-828-1413 for more information
Sefl-guided tours, bird watching, visitor center and informational plaques located on the peninsula