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Kilauea Lighthouse

EASY 62 reviews

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.

Distance: 0.6 km Elevation Gain: 27 m Route Type: Loop

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.

27 days ago

This is just a walk around the lighthouse, not a hike. Many sea birds nesting, beautiful ocean views. I was happy to pay $10 to help the country to maintain this wildlife refuge.

bird watching
1 month ago

Short walk, not a hike. If you like birds you’ll like it otherwise it’s not worth the $10 per person admission fee.

1 month ago

Nice walk (not really a hike) lots of information to read. We saw many of the birds and chicks. My kids did the Jr Ranger Program while we were here so they each got a badge. I do wish that we could actually go inside of the Lighthouse, but I’m sure the generation before us spoiled that privilege.

3 months ago

Not a trail just a walk to the lighthouse.

5 months ago

Not a hiking trail. Literally a walk up to see the lighthouse. Some pretty birds on our right and then the lighthouse and a little shop. You have to pay to get in but it keeps the park alive so it’s worth it. Check out the shop for some local artist work.

5 months ago

Not a hiking trail as much as a walk, but awesome wildlife sanctuary with birds nesting inches from the trail and soaring overhead. Beautiful views at the lighthouse. We got lucky to see a huge pod of spinner dolphins in the bay just west of the lighthouse, as well as tons of frigates. Learned lots, nice easy stroll.

6 months ago

Not a trail at all. It is really nice views from the end but not sure it's really worth $10 a person.

7 months ago

Simple Beautiful

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

Nice views but not a hike!

10 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.

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

Stunning views and worth the entrance fee

11 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.

Sun Nov 25 2018

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!

Sun Oct 28 2018

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.

Sun Aug 19 2018

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

Fri Aug 10 2018

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

Sun Jul 29 2018

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...

Fri Jun 29 2018

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

Fri Jun 08 2018

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

Sun May 27 2018

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.

Fri May 25 2018

Great view

Mon Apr 09 2018

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

Thu Nov 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.

Wed Nov 22 2017

Nice easy walk with beautiful views

Mon Nov 20 2017

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

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