Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge on Kauai

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One of the best places to view wildlife in the Hawaiian Islands is Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on the island of Kauai. Located on the island’s north shore, this spot is home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds. You’re likely to see kolea (Pacific golden plover), moli (Laysan albatrosses), red footed boobies, wedge-tailed shearwaters, and the nene (the endangered Hawaiian goose). But seabirds aren’t all you will find. The surrounding waters are home to nai’a (spinner dolphins), ilio holo I ka uaua (Hawaiian monk seals), honu (green sea turtles) and in the winter, kohola (humpback whales).

The wildlife refuge is also home to the picturesque and historic Kilauea Point Lighthouse that guided ships safely along Kauai’s north shore for 62 years. Built in 1913 as a navigational aid for ships traveling between Hawaii and Asia, the lighthouse is kept functional by volunteers (although it was replaced by an automatic beacon in 1979). The park is open from 10 AM to 4 PM daily and there is a $5 entry fee for adults sixteen and older. The walk from the entrance to the point is just under a quarter mile. For more information visit FWS.gov.

If you’re driving from Lihue, stop for drinks at snacks at the Whaler’s General Store in Anahola. And after the visit, you just might want to continue your drive to see Princeville and the stunning Hanalei Bay. The St. Regis Princeville Resort is a beautiful spot for lunch and a leisurely walk on the beach. And a visit to our Accents in the St. Regis Princeville is a great way to treat yourself to a special gift to commemorate your trip to Kauai.

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