The Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai is a don’t miss for visitors. We love taking our guests to the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge overlook, and then into the Lighthouse grounds for more looking around. Kilauea is on the northeast side of Kauai; if you’re coming from Poipu or another area on the south side, it’s a good opportunity to stretch your legs before continuing on to Hanalei and the end of the road at Ke’e.
Recently the Lighthouse was spruced up in conjunction with its 100th birthday, when it was renamed in honor of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, who passed away in December, 2012.
The lighthouse was equipped with a state of the art Fresnel lens and clockworks, which were manufactured in France. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Lighthouse’s beam was turned off for the duration of the war. Concurrently, a secret radar site was operated from Crater Hill, across the inlet you see here.
The Kilauea Lighthouse has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. Today’s visitors often see frolicking dolphins and whales breaching off the waters of Kilauea Point, and endangered sea bird species such as the Hawaiian state bird, the nene, and species such as shearwater, frigate bird, and the red-footed booby.
Make sure your visit to Kauai includes a stop in Kilauea!
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