The pictures from the inside tour of the Kilauea Lighthouse on the island of Kauai, Hawaii
I put this post together specifically for those who have listened to the Kauai Talk Podcast. I hope it will give you just a bit of a feel for being inside the lighthouse. It was a nice activity. Not many who have seen or visited the lighthouse can say they have been inside.
Presently, free tours are given of the lighthouse every Wednesday and Saturday. Reservations are not taken but you can call to confirm that the tours are being conducted on the Wednesday or Saturday of your visit. That number is: (808) 828-1414
Listen to the tour live at Episode 4 of the Kauai Talk podcast here: EP 004
Walk-way to the lighthouse
There is a free shuttle available for anyone desiring a ride up to or back from the lighthouse!
Sandals (called slippahs in Hawaii) and shoes are either left at the door or covered with booties provided by the tour guide.
The tour begins inside the front door. Everything is brand new condition with the lighthouse having been renovated for its centennial celebration May 1, 2013. 15 people fit comfortably inside each level.
Here’s the view from the front portal looking back at the walkway leading up to the area.
This is the third level workroom just below the top area where the clam shell lens is. Here are the glass filled holes in honey-combed shaped areas that allowed the light from the beacon to illuminate the room. Also notice the ladder area inside the shaft. This was used to climb up into the lens area and clean the 400 beveled glass lenses.
Just like your BBQ grill. The vents could be adjusted for air flow. They kept the inside of the lighthouse very comfortable the day we were in it. They were build in all around the walls.
The final steps up to the top level where the beacon would beam its light that would be seen from 22 miles out.
The amazing world’s largest clam shell lens. I can’t imagine having to clean each of the 400 pieces individually. We all wondered how all this shipped successfully over land and sea.
Even though you can not step into the top room, from the last steps you can see the views from the top of the lighthouse. What a perspective.
To listen to the live recording of the Kilauea Lighthouse, listen to the 4th episode of the Kauai Talk Podcast here: Episode 4.