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“100 Years Old and Counting”

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
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US$233.99*
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Private Tour: Kauai Sightseeing Adventure with Picnic Lunch
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US$155.21*
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Best of Kauai Tour by Land River and Air
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Kilauea
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

May 2013 is the Hundreth Anniversary of this landmark lighthouse. It's being refurbished for its birthday this year. The present-day "real" light is just in front of the tall lighthouse: a less romantic but vital light maintained for its continuing usefulness. It flashes once every 11 seconds day and night -- its signature code, just the same as the old lighthouse. Every year on its anniversary, the tall lighthouse's light is lit for a few minutes as a celebration. The huge fresnel lens is one of the best in the entire world and was cast in France and carefully transported to this site. The small building adjacent to the lighthouse is a museum which explains how remarkable this site is and the difficulties encountered by the pioneers who established the light. Kilauea Point was a state park until the National Park Service took it over. Bathrooms and a gift shop/museum were built, and the Park fee was added. It's a wonderful place to visit. The birdlife visible on the grounds, nesting in the trees, and flying overhead are attractions by themselves. Excellent signage explains the wildlife and views. If you're there at the right time of year, whales and spinner dolphins can be seen. The lighthouse and refuge are Kauai's and the nation's treasure, well worth visiting.

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Reviewed 13 April 2013

There is a beautiful view at the pre-entry point to the lighthouse. If I had have known that there was no entry into the lighthouse I may have thought twice about paying a fee to walk up a hill to a gift shop & small museum. The view was amazing from up the top an there were free binoculars to loan which was probably the highlight.
I think next time I will view from the free viewing area unless the lighthouse becomes accessible to tour...

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Reviewed 13 April 2013

Part of this is the lighthouse that you can visit. $5.00 per person to walk out to the light house and look through binoculars. Beautiful beach, lots of birds and bird droppings. No restrooms and no food allowed in the area. They were closed the first day so we went back not a must see but OK.

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Reviewed 5 April 2013

When we visited it was a nice clear and sunny day. The water had so many brilliant shades of blue, the sky was filled with Albatross and both red and white tailed Tropicbirds that appeared to dance in the sky. The lighthouse is quite a site, there are two places to view; one from the main road in that you can see the birds and the house in the distance or you can drive into their parking lot but there is a small fee to enter the lighthouse area. You can't go in the lighthouse but they do have a building adjacent to it that shows the history. Well worth the visit.

Thank DiabloDeb
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

Visit the light house everytime I am on Kauai. This time they have finished the restoration of the lighthouse in time for its 100 year celebration. It looks gorgeous.

Thank Mary Frances K
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