Kilauea, Kauai

Discover Kilauea, Kauai’s picturesque gem, featuring the iconic lighthouse, stunning coastal views, and Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge for a memorable Hawaiian experience.

Kilauea is a Town located in the city of Kilauea on Kauai, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Kilauea, located in the town of Kilauea on the picturesque island of Kauai, Hawaii, is a must-see destination for visitors seeking a unique blend of natural beauty and rich cultural history. This charming town features a variety of attractions, including the renowned Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge.
  • Highlights: The main highlight of Kilauea is its breathtaking lighthouse, perched atop a dramatic cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This iconic landmark, coupled with the surrounding Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, offers visitors a chance to witness native Hawaiian seabirds and stunning coastal views.
  • Activities: Visitors to Kilauea can enjoy a range of activities, such as exploring the historic Kilauea Lighthouse, birdwatching and wildlife spotting at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, and hiking the nearby nature trails for panoramic vistas of the island’s lush greenery and rugged coastline.
  • Information: Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with the last entry at 3:30 PM. The refuge is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays. Entrance fees are $10 for adults, while children under 16 are free. The best time to visit Kilauea is during the drier months of April through October, when the weather is more favorable for outdoor activities.
  • History & Significance: Established in 1913, the Kilauea Lighthouse served as a vital navigational aid for ships traversing the Pacific Ocean. Today, the lighthouse and surrounding wildlife refuge hold great significance as a symbol of Kauai’s maritime history and a sanctuary for native Hawaiian seabirds and other wildlife species.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to Kilauea, arrive early to secure a parking spot at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, as parking is limited. Don’t forget to bring binoculars for optimal birdwatching and wildlife viewing opportunities. Finally, be sure to explore the nearby town of Kilauea, where you can indulge in local cuisine and shop for unique souvenirs at the charming boutiques and art galleries.

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