Kilauea Things to Do
Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge
Located on Kilauea Point, this is the northernmost point of the inhabitated Hawaiian Islands. The lighthouse was built in 1913 and decommissioned in 1976. It is located on a very scenic point that juts out into the Pacific. Today it is part of the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge and a $3 entry fee (children under 16 are free) is required. However if you only want to sample the view with the lighthouse in the distance, you can drive to the end of Kilauea Rd where there is an overlook with interpretive boards that discuss the birds that live here. You will see them flying in the air currents that result from the surf, winds and cliffs below and also nesting on the cliffsides.
A drive into the refuge itself takes you to a parking lot from which it is a short walk to the lighthouse and small visitors center. There is also a small gift shop, the buildings part of the lighthouse compound that included the keeper's house and storage facilities. The views here are fantastic and you can get much closer to the birds flying around the point. Birds you are likely to see (depends on the time of year and when the migratory birds are typically at the refuge) include frigate birds, red-footed boobies, albatrosses, wedge-tailed shearwaters, and red- and white-tailed tropic bird. You might also spot the Hawaii state bird, the nene, on the grounds near the lighthouse.Add to your Trip Planner
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
Just before you make the turn onto Kilauea Road to go to the wildlife refuge and lighthouse, look opposite the turn and you'll see a small church. The interesting thing about the church is that it is made out of volcanic rock. Built in 1941, some of the headstones that surround the church as also made of lava stone and pre-date the church when the Hawaiian Congregational Church stood on this site. The church also has some very beautiful stained glass windows.Add to your Trip Planner
Kilauea Lighthouse & Wildlife Reserve
The Kilauea Lighthouse became operational in 1913 for ships sailing the Orient run. While no longer active, this lighthouse has been meticulously restored and is now one of the biggest tourist attractions on the island, attracting over 500,000 visitors annually. In 1985 the lighthouse and the surrounding acreage was assumed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and officially became a National Wildlife Refuge. Located on Kilauea Point, the northernmost point in the Hawai’ian Islands, this is a great spot to view wildlife. In the winter months you might be able to catch sight of whales migrating just off the point and throughout the year various species of birds and other wildlife are abundant. If you’re into wildlife or just want an amazing view, I would definitely recommend a trip to Kilauea Point.
Open Daily: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (Except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day)
Entrance Fee: $3.00 per car (Federal recreation passports, a Kama'aina (Hawaii resident) pass, and the Federal Duck Stamp are accepted)Related to:
- Whale Watching
- National/State Park
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Kilauea Fish Market: Dine There Or Cook It Up At Home
If you’re in Kilauea it’s worth stopping at the Kilauea Fish Market. This quaint little market sells fresh fish and amazing poke. A perfect afternoon starts at the Kilauea Lighthouse and ends with a lunch of freshly prepared fish with a poke appetizer on a bench outside the market. Their hot meals are yummy! If you’ve got a kitchen at your disposal bring home some of their amazing fresh fish and make your own dinner. It’s a lot cheaper than going out to eat. The staff is friendly and the food is excellent.
Favorite Dish: The Poke is fabulous as are the meals they'll prepare for you at the market.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Food and Dining
Mango Mama's: Smoothies and Sandwiches!
Mango Mama's has a large number of vegetarian dishes on the menu and an unlimited combination of smoothie flavors. The great thing about being in Hawaii is the large number of fresh tropical fruits you can get in your smoothie. You can also get energy, immunity, vitamin, etc. shots to pep up your drink. The setting is very laid back with tables and chairs on the deck with cover and the feel of the tropical breeze. And who can argue with the pink and zebra stripe combo?
Favorite Dish: Moonrise (pineapple, mango, banana with guava juice) smoothieAdd to your Trip Planner
Kilauea Fish Market: Good Fresh Seafood
Basically a fish market with a display case and a small grill on the side, this non-descript business in the back of a group of offices/shops serves up some very tasty seafood dishes. One of the specials that day was the mahi and shrimp tempura plate. The fish and shrimp were cooked to perfection with a light, crispy batter and dipping sauce. Accompanying were the ubiquitous scoop of macaroni salad and white steamed rice. I washed it down with a Hawaiian Sun Pas-O-Guava (passion fruit, orange, and guava juices), affectionately known to locals as POG. Seating is outside on the patio which has a roof to shield you from the intense sun or rain. There's also art hanging on the walls by local artists that is for sale. If you're in Kilauea around mealtime or if you just want a snack, this is a great places to stop.
Favorite Dish: Daily special: mahi and shrimp tempuraAdd to your Trip Planner
Kong Lung Center: Nice Shops and Eateries
The center of the Kilauea business district, the center is anchored by the Kong Lung Center, a former store established in 1881 by a Chinese businessman who catered to plantation workers. The current Kong Lung store carries high-end house furnishings and clothes. The rest of the center is a collection of independent boutiques and restaurants. There's also a very enticing bakery and the Kilauea Theater and Community Center where they have occassional movie screenings and live music acts.
What to buy: Clothes, food, jewelery, etc.
What to pay: VariesAdd to your Trip Planner