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The lighthouse and cliff makes for a good view and picture, especially on a nice day.
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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

State Hwy 56 and Lighthouse Rd, Kilauea, Kauai, HI 96754
10-4, closed holidays
808-828-1413 1 hour
December 2010 All year
$0-9 Kilauea Hawaii
Website Nature Wildlife Refuges
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Kilauea Point and Lighthouse is a popular stop to see both the lighthouse and to admire the coastal views of Kauai. Wildlife is scarce, but the overall setting is pretty and the small wildlife refuge museum is interesting.

The point area is about an acre in size and can be seen in a few minutes. The historic lighthouse was built in 1913 and was replaced by an automatic beacon in 1976. It is scheduled to undergo renovations till 2013 and was surrounded by scaffolding in 2010. If you go to the point in the winter and are lucky, you might see humpback whales offshore. Seabirds occasionally can be seen here as can the Nene which is Hawaii’s native goose. The point often has volunteer docents on hand to answer questions.

The best part of the visit by far was the small wildlife museum. It included a number of displays and panels on different ecological niches in Hawaii, a topographical map of the Hawaiian islands and information about native species. From the perspective of actually viewing wildlife, the main 240 acre wildlife refuge property would likely be a good option, but it is closed to visitation to protect nesting seabirds.

If you are driving by Kilauea Point, it probably makes sense to stop and take a look, but if you want to enjoy nature, the state parks on the northwest side of the island are a better choice.
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