Kilauea Lighthouse
Kilauea Lighthouse
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Spectacular views surround this historic lighthouse.
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  • Christina K
    Saint Louis, Missouri15 contributions
    Book ahead of time
    There is an awesome lookout at the end of Kilauea Rd. that has a great view of the lighthouse and the water. We waited in a long line of cars down the hill only to find out you had to reserve spots ahead of time and pay a fee (unless you had a national park pass), so we had to turn around. I think you can see it perfectly fine from the viewpoint unless you have a park pass and booked in advance!
    Visited December 2022
    Written 11 December 2022
  • DannyWasserman
    Virginia Beach, Virginia4,241 contributions
    Lighthouse has many Breath-taking Views !
    Amazing trip along the coastline till you get to the Lighthouse. The area is well kept and there are park rangers to keep everything organized. There is a little museum/gift shop for you to buy things, as well as walk around and see some amazing views of the ocean, breaking waves, rock formations, and so pretty to just take in.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 18 December 2022
  • Bad_Seed4
    Canberra, Australia691 contributions
    More information about the need for reservations would be helpful
    So I am sure we did what a lot of people did, lovely drive up the road, stopped at the top, looked out, then started heading down the hill, no indication anywhere that reservation might be required -oops, hit a queue! 15 minutes later, still crawling down the hill in the queue with no opportunity to turn around as the queue is too tightly packed and the road is too small. There really needs to be a sign up the top explaining about the need for reservations or the possibility of a queue as you can't see it from the top. We kept queuing until we could loop around and then left. Half an hour in a hot car. Sad
    Visited December 2022
    Written 2 February 2023
  • Kristy
    Huntsville, Alabama747 contributions
    Make a reservation
    Book a reservation at recreation.gov at least a week before. The scenery on the point is beautiful. I love seeing the coastline and the waves crashing on the shore. The color of the water from this point is beautiful too. There are birds to see while there. There are binoculars you can borrow there. Some birds fly over the point but MANY are across the inlet on the other shore. If someone is telling the story of the man the lighthouse is named after, it is worth your time to listen. There is a small gift shop.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Dr_Xaos
    Palatine, Illinois1,171 contributions
    Limited Lighthouse Experience
    Wife and I visited the Kilauea during our Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge outing. The lighthouse sits on the point, which is on the far end of the wildlife refuge past. The physical structure was closed to the public at the time of our visit, so we could only observe the building from the outside. It was an interesting structure and an intriguing history to it. A nearby builing had some signs and exhibits that provided some additional details about the lighthouse.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Kyle_SD_308
    413 contributions
    Great place to visit
    Beautiful views and a great location. They also contain a great deal of information regarding the local birds and other wildlife. You do need to navigate the .gov website to reserve a time to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Kathleen
    Joplin, Missouri568 contributions
    Beautiful Views
    When you visit the lighthouse be sure to stop at the parking area just before you enter the gate. The ocean view and the view of the lighthouse are beautiful. Travel on through the gate to get to the lighthouse. It's a short walk with more beautiful views along the way, and there are signs explaining what birds you are seeing . The lighthouse itself is pretty, but we actually enjoyed the views more. Be sure to stop at the gift shop for unique gifts, a bathroom, and more views!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, Arizona1,888 contributions
    A beautiful way to see the shore and learn some history
    We originally came by on a day the park is closed and saw we could come back the next day and made the reservation. It was worth it, even though it is self guided. We parked and went to the light house out on the point and the views are excellent, which is because everyone needed to be able to see the lighthouse for miles away to not run aground. Be aware that there are a lot of birds and bird poop, so be prepared and just recognize you will smell it a bit on the walk up the paths to the lighthouse. This was well worth the time.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Michael Denis M
    Castlewellan, United Kingdom400 contributions
    Kaua’i’s National Park
    The historic lighthouse is situated on the northern tip of Kaua’i. An impressive site overlooking the bluffs that would have proved dangerous to earlier sailors without the guidance of the light. Today, it is unmanned, but still an important part of Island history. Moreover, the lighthouse stands guard of important bird sanctuaries. The birds - kestrels, petrils and boobies - you can see swoop over the waves to reach their natural nesting spaces. Once in a while you may even be treated to the view of a monk seal on the sands below. This is an interesting and informative half-hour stroll. The whole sanctuary is now dedicated to the very late senior and much respected U.S. Senator, Daniel K. Inouye, who did much to protect and promote his home state.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 September 2023
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Jillian
Columbus, GA15 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately, I was only visiting Kauai for a couple of days which happened to fall during the portion of the week when the lighthouse and refuge are closed; however, the drive is certainly worth it for the amazing view at the lookout. Just before the gate, there is a viewpoint to see the lighthouse, cliff side, and ocean below…beautiful!!
Written 5 December 2023
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Michael Denis M
Castlewellan, UK400 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
The historic lighthouse is situated on the northern tip of Kaua’i. An impressive site overlooking the bluffs that would have proved dangerous to earlier sailors without the guidance of the light. Today, it is unmanned, but still an important part of Island history.
Moreover, the lighthouse stands guard of important bird sanctuaries. The birds - kestrels, petrils and boobies - you can see swoop over the waves to reach their natural nesting spaces. Once in a while you may even be treated to the view of a monk seal on the sands below.
This is an interesting and informative half-hour stroll.
The whole sanctuary is now dedicated to the very late senior and much respected U.S. Senator, Daniel K. Inouye, who did much to protect and promote his home state.
Written 14 September 2023
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Joe B
28 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Very interesting to see the lighthouse and the various birds in the nature preserve. Well worth a morning. Great views. It is a very short drive from the Princeville area to the Lighthouse.
Written 9 September 2023
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Brandon K
Flagstaff, AZ1,888 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We originally came by on a day the park is closed and saw we could come back the next day and made the reservation. It was worth it, even though it is self guided. We parked and went to the light house out on the point and the views are excellent, which is because everyone needed to be able to see the lighthouse for miles away to not run aground. Be aware that there are a lot of birds and bird poop, so be prepared and just recognize you will smell it a bit on the walk up the paths to the lighthouse. This was well worth the time.
Written 26 August 2023
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Kathleen
Joplin, MO568 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
When you visit the lighthouse be sure to stop at the parking area just before you enter the gate. The ocean view and the view of the lighthouse are beautiful. Travel on through the gate to get to the lighthouse. It's a short walk with more beautiful views along the way, and there are signs explaining what birds you are seeing . The lighthouse itself is pretty, but we actually enjoyed the views more. Be sure to stop at the gift shop for unique gifts, a bathroom, and more views!
Written 17 July 2023
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Kyle_SD_308
Rapid City, South Dakota, United States413 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Beautiful views and a great location. They also contain a great deal of information regarding the local birds and other wildlife. You do need to navigate the .gov website to reserve a time to visit.
Written 23 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

hockeyaw19
Marlborough, MA449 contributions
May 2023
We went on a crummy day that was full of torrential rain and it wasn't pleasant - but we went back when the rain had ceased and took some pictures from the look out. The gift shop was great and the restroom were nice and clean - it would have been a very pleasant visit had the weather been cooperative - but I won't let that bias the review - just avoid in the rain and fog.

They do require reservations and charge around $20 for two people and a car and you can see it all in under an hour easily.
Written 27 May 2023
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Dr_Xaos
Palatine, IL1,171 contributions
Mar 2023
Wife and I visited the Kilauea during our Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge outing. The lighthouse sits on the point, which is on the far end of the wildlife refuge past. The physical structure was closed to the public at the time of our visit, so we could only observe the building from the outside. It was an interesting structure and an intriguing history to it. A nearby builing had some signs and exhibits that provided some additional details about the lighthouse.
Written 10 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

dzoucha
Inverness, FL36 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
A great way to see birds, enjoy the scenery, and check out the lighthouse. Make reservations before you go, but it is worth the $11 each. About an hour is plenty of time.
Written 25 March 2023
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Kristy
Huntsville, AL747 contributions
Feb 2023
Book a reservation at recreation.gov at least a week before. The scenery on the point is beautiful. I love seeing the coastline and the waves crashing on the shore. The color of the water from this point is beautiful too.
There are birds to see while there. There are binoculars you can borrow there. Some birds fly over the point but MANY are across the inlet on the other shore.
If someone is telling the story of the man the lighthouse is named after, it is worth your time to listen.
There is a small gift shop.
Written 5 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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