Kilauea Point | National Wildlife Refuge Week

One of the best things to do in Kauai is to visit the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge in the storybook town of Kilauea. From Lihue, just head north on Kuhio Highway about 24 miles and turn on to Kolo Road and then take the first left onto Kilauea Road. This straight and narrow road will lead to the Kilauea Point Lighthouse and the starting point for an epic afternoon adventure.

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The Kilauea Lighthouse from Mokolea Point

We hope you will be visiting the island between October 14 – 21, if so, make a special afternoon at the Kilauea Point NWR. This is when the US Fish and Wildlife Department celebrates National Wildlife Refuge week here on Kauai and at all 556 National Wildlife Refuges throughout the country. Just go wild and celebrate the gift that the natural world has bestowed upon us and learn about the great work being done to preserve wildlife and fauna for future generations.

The Kilauea Point NWR is a 203 acre complex which now encompasses Crater Hill and Mokolea Point on the north east coast of the island. Included in this wildlife sanctuary is the historic Kilauea Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse was erected in 1913 to guide ships through the shifting currents and shallow reef that embraces this part of the coast. The structure is currently receiving a much needed restoration, but don’t let that stop you from visiting. The full time and part time residents will be disappointed

Nene Geese in Kauai

Hawaiian Nene Geese

Enjoy exhilarating sights of native and migratory seabirds floating effortlessly on rising currents of air against a brilliant sky. See Laysan albatrosses with their giant wingspans playing high above the rocky coast knowing exactly where they left their baby chick in the tangle of scrub hanging tenaciously to the cliff.

If you are observant and a bit fortunate, you will see nesting fledglings of wedge tail shearwaters or ‘A’o as the Hawaiians referred to them, adjacent to the walkways leading to the Lighthouse, patiently waiting for the return of their parents who will leave the new arrival for up to 5 days while on foraging expeditions over the Pacific in search of cephalopods, fish and crustaceans.

Kilauea Wildlife Refuge

Newell Shearwater Chick

Here is a Schedule of Events for the upcoming week celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week:

Sunday, October 14- Fun Day from 10am till 4pm the refuge will waive the $5 adult fee. Meet other conservation groups who will discuss their efforts in protecting Hawaiian Monk Seal in light of efforts by some to take the seal off the endangered species list.

Important work is being done to save native Hawaiian coastal plants like the Alula
from extinction.

Monday, October 15- Crater Hill Hike, 9am till 12 pm A strenuous 3 hour hike to see wildlife just being wild.

Tuesday, October 16- Hule’ia Kayak Adventure At the Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge 8am till 12 pm. Outfitters Kauai will handle all kayak tours for this special event. You can call them toll free at 888.742.9887 to reserve a space.

Mokolea Point

Along the Cliffs of the Kilauea Point NWR

Wednesday, October 17 and Saturday, October 20- Crater Hill and Mokolea Hike 5 hours, strenuous. Enjoy the afternoon with Gary Smith as he talks about his life growing up in rural Kilauea during the hey day of King Cane.

Thursday, October 18 - Hanalei NWR Bird Tour, 8 am till 11 am. Observe endangered water birds with Refuge Biologist Kim Uyehara and efforts to restore bird populations in Kauai.

Friday, October 19- Hawaii Seabirds and Climate Change Hike from 9am till Noon. Join Biologist Beth Flint on a moderately strenuous hike to a remote part of the refuge to learn about the effects of climate change on native and migratory birds.

Movie Night at Kilauea Theater 6pm till 9pm FREE Watch two conservation films created on Kauai.

Saturday, October 20- 10.30am till 1.30pm Wildlife drawing classes with Patrick Ching

What to bring

A telephoto lens or pair of binoculars to help in observing birds tucked into cliffs high above the Pacific is always helpful.

Pack water and sunscreen for the hot fall sun here in Kauai.

Comfortable walking shoes to handle the uneven terrain.

About Joe Sylvester

Aloha! I have lived on Kauai for 33 years where I have worked as an Agronomist for 17 years, owned an art gallery for 11 years and own a vacation rental for 17 years in the town of Poipu. I am a former Peace Corps volunteer and have been married since 1985.
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  1. This sounds great Joe! Thanks for giving me some cool content to tweet about from @KauaiTalk.

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