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Kilauea Point Lighthouse

Kilauea Point Lighthouse

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Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse

What: Beautiful views from Kauai’s northernmost tip
Where: A 45-minute drive north of Lihue
Perched at the northernmost tip of Kauai, the 52-foot Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse was built in 1913 as a beacon for traveling ships. Although its light was turned off in the 1970s and has been replaced by an automatic beacon, it still serves as one of the island's most frequented attractions.
The view off the rugged northern coastline and the deep-blue Pacific makes this the perfect vantage point for photos. This is also the location of the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for seabirds. Signage throughout the refuge identifies the area's bird species, including frigates, shearwaters, boobies and Laysan albatrosses nesting on the property. You’ll see them soar the skies above the refuge, many landing on a small nearby island covered in birds. During December through May, you may even catch a glimpse of humpback whales. This scenic peninsula, 200-feet above sea level, is a must-see on your visit to the North Shore.
Tours are offered Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. pending availability of staff or volunteers. Tour involves walking up steep, narrow steps. Restrictions: Children must be at least 44 inches tall. No infants. Backpacks, tripods and other large items are not allowed in the Kilauea Lighthouse.