Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai

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    Lighthouse on the North Shore

    by GracesTrips Updated Oct 21, 2014

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    So, I wasn't too thrilled to see this but my boyfriend thought I should. There are several birds you can view but none so close that you can get a good look. I thought it smelled bad - like urine. Yes, you have some great views and that's why I'm posting this so I can show you the pictures.

    Me, with the lighthouse View Another view And yet, another view Bird in flight at the lighthouse
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    Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (2)

    by goshawk301 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Of course, if you arrive here and find the refuge closed, you should definitely come back. This place can get crowded, but it's definitely worth it. The lighthouse peninsula is an exhilarating and refreshing place to experience the sea, and watching these seabirds fly does good to one's soul. On my return visit, I got to see most of the birds the refuge is known for - boobies, nene, Laysan albatrosses, great frigatebirds, white- and red-tailed tropicbirds (the red-tail was a first for me). Whales were active all over the ocean again, and this time, one was doing tail-slapping and delighting us visitors.

    The refuge is home to four bird species which nest here - nene (Hawaiian goose), Laysan albatross, red-footed booby and wedge-tailed shearwater (the last, a spring-to-fall resident, had not arrived yet when I visited). The place also puts effort into preservation of endangered plant species, especially the alula, a cliff plant under peril because of apparent extinction of the insect species that would pollinate it.

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    Kilauea

    by mindcrime Updated Dec 1, 2009

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    One morning we drove north. We turned right between 22 and 23 mile and we approached Kilauea town, actually the area with stores (pic 2) and cafes so we had our breakfast there. It used to be another plantation town, a big sugar company had its base here at the end of 19th century and closed down in 1971. We drove a bit more to reach the Kilauea National Wilflife Refuge. Before the entrance there is a lookout spot where you can stop for a while and take some nice pics of the historic lighthouse (pic 1). It was built in 1913 and had the largest clamshell lens in the world.

    To see the lighthouse from close distance (and get inside) you have to drive a bit down the road, park (for free) and pay the entrance fee ($5). Some visitors think that they will walk in the park but you will be allowed only to walk the path that will take you to the Kilauea Point Historic Lighthouse. Some tourists dont like that (and feel cheated) but we have to respect (and understand) that this is a refuge of wildlife and yes they need to be protected. So some signs (pic 3) are there for you and not the birds because they can’t read :) With good lenses and cameras you can admire the rare birds though, like the five species of sea birds. The view from the area around the Lighthouse is great anyway, you can check the small island (pic 4) that houses many of them or the Kaapea (Secret) beach (pic 5) on north shore. With binoculars you may see whales and dolphins at the ocean. There is also a small info kiosk with many photos and displays and a souvenir store with some nice books also. The refuge is open daily 10.00 to 16.00 and some days they offer small guided hike to Crater Hill. We missed that because of the breakfast earlier :(

    On our way back we stopped at the end of Kolo road to check the Christ Memorial Episcopal church. It was built in 1941 with lava stone walls but the cemetery next to it dates from the end of 19th century when a Hawaiian Congregational church was here.

    It was time to reach Kuhio Highway again which you will understand is the highway that you will drive most of your time in this island as it covers a looong way.
    Directions:drive north on Kuhio Highway. Kilauea town is at the right hand after mile 23. Lighthouse is at the end of Kilauea Road

    Kilauea historic lighthouse Kilauea store sign at refuge view from lighthouse Kaapea(secret) beach
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    Kilauea Lighthouse

    by trvlrtom Written Mar 3, 2009

    For a picture perfect view, there is no better place to stop than near Kilauea Lighthouse. This is the northernmost point of the main Hawaiian Islands, and the lighthouse here for years had the largest clamshell lens in existence (it was replaced in the 1970s with a beacon). From the point where this photo was taken you will notice a lot of birds darting around the sky near you. This area is a bird sanctuary, and there is a placard that illustrates and describes the birds you will likely see.

    To actually reach the lighthouse there is a nominal fee. There is a parking lot, however, at this point, for visitors who just want to take in the view and do some birdwatching.

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    Kilauea Lighthouse

    by sswagner Written Apr 13, 2008

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    This is the northernmost lighthouse on the Hawaiian Islands. It is very scenic as it is perched on a rock cliff. In addition to the scenery, there is a wildlife refuge here. Many species of birds can be seen at any time, and sometimes the whales can be seen off shore from this vantage point. The lighthouse is very historic and can also be approached. It is an easy drive from Lihue.

    Point Kilauea
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    Kilauea Lighthouse

    by laforstraveller Written Sep 7, 2007

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    Kilauea Lighthouse is a landmark on the North shore of Kauai. It is stunningly beautiful perched high above the ocean on a cliff. The white of the lighthouse contrasts nicely with the surrounding blue of the ocean and the green and black of the cliffs. This lighthouse houses the largest clamshell lense in existence today. The lighthouse is no longer in use, and is open to tourists. There is a $3 charge to enter, but the views are well worth it. The lighthouse is adjacent to a bird sanctuary, so you'll enjoy watching the birds dart about.

    Kilauea Lighthouse Inside the Lighthouse View of Lighthouse from Secret Beach
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    Kilauea Point Lighthouse & Wildlife Refuge

    by AVG2319 Updated May 17, 2007

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    If you love lighthouses- come see the Kilauea light house located at the North end of the island. There is a spot to park and take a photo from a distance without having to pay the entrance fee. To be closer and see the birds it cost a few dollars to get into the park. They also have binoculars available,so you can get a better view of the beautiful birds. While we were there we saw the Nene Goose-Hawaii's state bird along with several other birds. The lighthouse was built in 1913 and has the largest "clamshell lens" in the world with the ability to send a beam 20 miles out to sea and 90 miles by air. The lens is incredible. It cost a whopping $12,000 in 1912 and was built by French craftsmen. It is no longer used though, in the 1970's the lens was replaced by an automatic light.

    Lighthouse up close island with nesting birds nene goose Lighthouse from afar
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    Kilauea Lighthouse

    by BlueCollar Updated Feb 22, 2007

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    ...on Kaua‘i

    The Kilauea Lighthouse sits on the northern-most tip of Kaua‘i. Yes, it's also the name of the volcano on the Big Island. There are several (or should I say many?) recurring names of cities, towns or places on the different islands.

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    Kilauea Point

    by AprilT Written Jan 26, 2007

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    The Kilauea Lighthouse served as an aid to ships on the Orient run since 1913. Today, it is one of Kauai's most visited sights. There are some great views of the bluest ocean I've ever seen. You can borrow binoculars for free and scan the area and even purchase a personalized brick where the funds go to help support the restoration of the lighthouse.

    The Kilauea Lighthouse One of the views walking up from the parking lot View from one side of Kilauea Point The largest clamshell lens in the world: 4 tons
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    See the Rare Birds at Kilauea Lighthouse

    by AKtravelers Written Jan 1, 2007

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    Kilauea Lighthouse used to be an important navigational beacon for ships plying the north Pacific but it is now just as important as a refuge for some of the remaining members of two endangered species. Now a federal wildlife refuge, the peninsul protects the nesting grounds of Laysian albatrosses and nenes. Kilauea Point is also home to many other seabirds as well, such as boobies, frigates and shearwaters. During this visit, I saw my first nene, a flightless Hawaiian goose whose survival on other islands is threatened by the mongooses introduced by farmers hoping to eradicate rats (a futile effort made worse by the fact that the mongooses were diurnal and the rats nocturnal!). During our last visit, we saw two Laysian albatrosses within 10 feet of us.
    Of course, there is also a lighthouse here, which is no longer operational. About 100 years old, it at one time had the largest of some particular type of light that I didn't bother to remember. The lighthouse ceased manned operation in the 1970's.

    Kilauea Lighthouse stands above the fray
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    Kilauea Lighthouse

    by GlobalMatt Written Oct 10, 2006

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    Kilauea Lighthouse began lighting the way for mariners in 1913. It served as a pivotal navigation aid for ships sailing on the Orient run. The historic light station consists of a concrete lighthouse, three field stone keepers' quarters, a fuel oil shed, cisterns, and a supply landing platform. It is one of the nation's most intact historic light stations. Even in the early years, travelers came to enjoy the area's scenic beauty and to explore the magnificent light. Today Kilauea Point is one of Kauai‘i's most visited sites with more than 500,000 visitors a year. The landmark played a prominent role in the life of the nearby sugar plantation town of Kilauea. The lighthouse is a symbol of the town; and the Point is one of the island's most loved places. Kilauea Point is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. After the light was decommissioned in 1976, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquired it in 1985 and currently manages the 31 acre site as part of a 203 acre wildlife refuge. Unbeknownst to most people, the birds along these cliffs are the REAL highlight. There are 12 or-so different species of bird that live and breed here. It is quite a spectacular sight.

    Kilauea Lighthouse - Kaua'i - 2006 Standing in front of the lighthouse - 2006 Inside Kilauea Lighthouse - good info! A good shot of the lighthouse - 2006 Beautiful coastline & bird breeding grounds
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    Kilauea Lighthouse

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Nov 21, 2005

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    Since 1913 this beautiful 52-foot-tall lighthouse has stood as a sentinel, perched on a high bluff at Kauai's rugged Kileuea Point, which is the northernmost point of the main Hawaiian Islands. The light once had the largest clamshell lens in existence, until it was replaced by a beacon in the mid 1970s.

    It will cost you $3.00 to visit the lighthouse, although it may be seen an photographed from a nearby vantage point for free. There is a very small museum and a visitor center near the light, and the magnificent views are well worth the nominal admission charge.

    Hours:
    Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
    Closed Saturday, Sunday and Federal Holidays

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    Kilauea Point Lighthouse - Bird Refuge Kauai

    by pamstravels Updated Feb 14, 2005

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    This is a historic lighthouse in the small town of Kiluaea on the north shore of Maui. The lighthouse is on the most northern point in the state of Hawaii. Built in 1913 it has the largest clamshell lens that shines 90 miles into the sea. It is also a national wildlife refuge where you can see many birds such as albatross and red-footed boobies. (It is hard not to laugh you say that name! Sounds like something out of Flintstones)

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    Kilauea Point

    by kyoub Written Jun 17, 2004

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    There is an old lighthouse up on the point.
    It is a national Wildlife Refuge.
    There are so many seabirds that you can spend hours watching them.
    Red-footed Boobies, Great Frigatebird, red and white tailed Tropicbirds, & Aaalbatross,
    You will see the Nene here also.

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    Kilauea Lighthouse

    by hat53 Written Jun 2, 2004

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    The Kilauea Point, is the northernmost point in the Hawaiian Islands. A perfect place for a lighthouse.

    The 52-foot Kilauea Lighthouse was constructed in 1913, and its beam once reached 90 miles out to sea. The lens is the largest of its type ever made. The lighthouse has not been in service since 1976.

    Every first Saturday in may it's birthday is celebrated. There are hula dancers and you can climb the lighthouse. At dawn the light is turned on for 15 minutes, a unique experience

    Happy birthday
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