Kauai's Kilauea Point wildlife preserve reopens

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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai's north shore is home to one of Hawaii's largest populations of nesting seabirds.
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai's north shore is home to one of Hawaii's largest populations of nesting seabirds. Photo Credit: Shane Nelson
The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai's north shore recently reopened to visitors following four months of closure for renovation work.


The concrete trail out to Kilauea Point and the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse was stabilized while its pathway was repaved during the closure.

A popular visitor destination, the preserve is a wonderful showcase for an incredible variety of seabirds while also hosting a vibrant population of Hawaiian nene, the state bird.  

Visitors may also see spinner dolphins from the point's terrific lookouts over the Pacific Ocean or spot Hawaiian monk seals along nearby shorelines. From November to late April, Kilauea Point can also be a great spot to view humpback whales.  

The refuge is open to visitors Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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