KĪLAUEA POINT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE is a regular stop on the fl ight path of the largest colony of seabirds on the main Hawaiian Islands. Every day, hundreds of birds come and go from the nooks and crannies of the refuge’s cliff s and hillsides.
Though eight species of birds nest on the refuge, the main attraction is a 100-year-old lighthouse.
Located on the northernmost point of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands, the lighthouse was constructed out of necessity to serve as a landfall light for merchant ships sailing from Asia.
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among the top fi ve in annual visitation. Watch for the sign as you turn off Kūhiō Highway into Kīlauea Town. Kīlauea Point is at the end of the road.
The refuge is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and is closed on federal holidays. Reservations are required for all visitors age 16 and older and may be booked online through recreation.gov. The entrance fee is $10 for adults (16 years and older) plus a $1 reservation fee. For more information, call 808-828- 0384, or visit kilaueapoint.org.