Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge

For a good look at thousands of migratory seabirds, check out the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on the North Shore. Laysan albatross, red-footed boobies, red-tailed and white-tailed tropicbirds, brown boobies, great frigatebirds, brown boobies, and wedge-tailed shearwaters all visit the windy site. You might see humpback whales, spinner dolphins, the endangered nene, monk seals, green turtles bobbing in the waves below, the scene is everchanging.

The Kilauea Lighthouse sits on the tip of the bluff and was built in 1913 as a navigational aid for commercial shipping. In 1976 is was deactivated and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. A small entrance fee is charged and a visitor's center and helpful docents are on site to interpret the action. Be sure to check out the binoculars on loan for spectacular views of the breaching whales.

Directions on how to get there and for more activities around Kilauea, consult your Kauai Trailblazer guidebook.