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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