Heading from the parking lot to the lighthouse is an easy walk – less than 1/2 mile, almost no elevation change and even features a stop in the gift shop. But what amazing views of the Pacific and the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge!
The most prevalent animal on the day I was there was the nene, the Hawaii state bird. But some visitors are lucky enough to see those, as well as dolphins and humpback whales in the blue waters of the Pacific.
The refuge is only open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on federal holidays. There is a fee of $5 per person for those over 16 (kids are free).
The lighthouse itself is no longer in use. It was built in 1913 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Directions: From Lihue or Kapa’a, take the Kuhio Highway (56) up to the north coast until you see a sign for the lighthouse and reserve. Turn north toward the coast onto Kolo Road, then take an almost immediate left onto Kilauea Road, which will lead you directly to the parking lot.