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Kilauea Lighthouse is a 0.6 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

0.6 km
27 m

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


no dogs

There is a $10 entry fee (or a National Park pass gets you in free). Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm. Closed on Federal Holidays.

3 days ago

Not a hike, but beautiful views. Whale watching and bird watching. Paid entry

16 days ago

Awesome place for a stroll but definitely not a hike at all

1 month ago

Nice views but not a hike!

2 months ago

Not a hike, like others have mentioned- just a short walk on a paved path. Beautiful views though and a tour of the lighthouse is included in the $10 entry fee.

2 months ago

Closed today due to federal budget impasse. Can see lighthouse from gate ~1/4 mile away.

2 months ago

Beautiful view, but gate was closed, so we were unable to go walk up to the lighthouse.

2 months ago

Not really a hike. We watched a rain cloud move in across the water and soak us, it was pretty. lol

3 months ago

Stunning views and worth the entrance fee

3 months ago

It’s more of a walk as others have stated. There is a $10.00 entrance fee. There are times parking can be challenging because it gets crowded. If you can wait it out, the breathtaking views and picturesque background is completely worth the $10.00.

3 months ago

Not a hike. More like a walk through a wildlife refuge. There is great information about local birds, which my kids and family are really into! A lovely stroll. Yes, there is an entrance fee but you are supporting national parks!

4 months ago

Definitely not a trail. $10 per person fee although my national parks access past granted me plus 3 to enter fee free. Nice views except for chain link fence surrounding the point. if you lean up on the fence check for large yellow-black spiders hanging below the rail! Almost grabbed one accidentally.

7 months ago

It was great to see different types of birds in their habitat.

7 months ago

Not really a hike. Just park and walk to the lighthouse. If you like history you will enjoy the lighthouse. Beautiful views

7 months ago

We saw several species of sea birds and a pod of spinner dolphin walking along this trail. Bring your National Park pass or military ID to save on the entrance fee. And definitely bring a long lens...

8 months ago

Very easy walk. Don't forget to bring your National Park pass like I did.

9 months ago

The lighthouse isn't the most impressive thing to see or visit. Not worth the $5 to get in.

9 months ago

Not really a hike. You have to pay $5 to get in and gates close at 4. Pretty views, lots of birds, and we saw some dolphins.

9 months ago

Great view

11 months ago

Only open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm otherwise gate is locked!!!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Amazing views. It costs $5 to walk through but it's worth it. They have binoculars you can use if you'd like. There are a handful of stationary binoculars directed at certain points as well.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nice easy walk with beautiful views

Monday, November 20, 2017

$5 dollar entry (cash only)
Lots of bird and is a beautiful place to visit

bird watching
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Wow so many birds Red-footed boobies, Red and White tailed tropic birds, frigate birds and Wedge talied Shearwaters! Binoculars are in the visitor center to rent for free!!! The hike is paved too and not long!!!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Absolutely spectacular views and exceptional staff made this tourist stop a treat.

nature trips
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Very easy, very beautiful views. You see lots of iwa (frigate) birds.

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Short walk. Great views.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Beautiful views, lots of birds and great tour of the light house.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Great views, the $5 entry per person seems a bit steep.

bird watching
Monday, August 29, 2016

amazing view all the way up. paved path leads to the lighthouse, signs run along the path identifying birds. at the top you can check out binoculars to view for whales dolphins birds turtles and seals. loved it. very kid friendly.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Absolutely beautiful. May be a bit crowded because between the views and the show put on by the variety of sea birds at this refuge, it's an absolutely don't miss stop on Kauai. From Līhu‘e, drive north on Kūhiō Highway for approximately 23 miles to Kīlauea, turn right on Kolo Road, then left on Kīlauea Road and drive 2 miles to the refuge entrance. All visitors are required to drive down into the refuge parking area. Parking is limited. The walkway is paved. The Refuge is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is closed on Sunday and Monday and federal holidays. Admission is $5.00 per person - National Parks passes and all federal land passes are honored here. Allow at least 30 minutes to enjoy your time. Northern most point of main Hawaiian Islands. Self-guided tours only, can’t go to top of the lighthouse, but views from the bluff are worth your time. Don't miss it!

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