Kilauea Point Lighthouse :: The northernmost point of Kauai and the Hawaiian Islands

Kilauea Point LighthouseWe love visiting the Kauai lighthouse at Kilauea Point. We dropped by it yesterday and saw the birds; (it is a National Wildlife Refuge) and took in the very beautiful Pacific ocean views. Whale viewing is also popular and we’re going back soon to see them as the first reported whale sighting was just over a week ago on the south shore.

Did you know?

So beyond the fact you will be standing on the northernmost point of the Hawaiian Islands, here’s some other things about this popular site.

* Dedicated May 1, 1913 – with a luau and everyone in Kilauea town received an invite.

* Light Keeper’s Log 1920 – It was an isolated and lonesome job. Off hour fishing trips and baseball games helped break the monotony.

* First flight from the mainland to Hawaii almost ended in disaster – June 29, 1927. The pilots of the first plane, Birds of Paradise, were running low on fuel and had actually overshot the islands. Disaster was avoided when by good fortune they saw the double flash of the Kilauea lighthouse and were able to turn around and land on Oahu.

* The lighthouse originally started with an oil vapor lamp. It was improved over the years with an electric lamp that by 1958 had a 2.5 million candlepower rating.

* The original clock was a wind-up one! The cable for it required being re-wound every 3.5 hours. In 1930, an electric clock was installed but the old clock was maintained as a backup. Kilauea Lighthouse

* In 1976 the Kilauea Point lighthouse was decommissioned by the Coast Guard. The automated electronic beacon was installed.

* Kilauea Point Lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, our nations 200th birthday.

* The site became a National Wildlife Refuge in 1985 through the work and support of the Kaua’i community. It is now under the ownership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Hours of Operation

The Refuge is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Plan to spend at least 30 – 45 minutes enjoying the views and some additional time in the information center.

There is a modest entrance fee of $5 per adult 16 and older. Children under 16 are free. If you have a Federal Recreational land Pass, be sure to bring it as they are honored here.

There is a short walk on the premises (about 200 yards from parking to the lighthouse. It is paved and wheel chair friendly. If you need assistance, no worries! A golf cart can be requested to transport you up to the site. No charge. Kilauea Point island

Is it hard to find?

Getting to Kilauea Point is easy! Take the Kuhio Highway and at the entrance to the town of Kilauea you will turn right (Kolo Road), if travelling from Lihue or left from Hanalei / Princeville. There is a Shell station and then take the first left onto Kilauea Road. Drive to the Refuge entrance which is about 2 miles.

Here’s the BEST part!!

We’ve saved the most exciting info for last. Many visitors ask if they can tour the inside of the lighthouse. It’s usually locked up and most think it is closed to the public. But here is the inside info.

Tours are offered on Wednesdays only, 10:30 A.M. to 2:30 A.M. The tours are held on the half hour and you must be present to sign up.

Keep the following in mind!

* Backpacks and tripods are not allowed.

* You will climb 50 stairs in a narrow spiral staircase.

* Tours are based on availability of guides. Call ahead, not to reserve a spot (see above), if you want to check. The number is 808-828-1413. We think you should see this as a bonus and enjoy it!

Here is a link to the pamphlet for the tours: Lighthouse Tours info. We’re planning a tour soon and we’ll share that story too.

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Sea cliffs where hundreds of birds live
Sea cliffs where hundreds of birds live