Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
The Kilauea Point NWR is actually part of a greater complex of wildlife refuges which also includes Hanalei NWR and Hulē‘ia WLR. Encompassing 203 acres, this protected habitat is home to several species of seabirds like the nēnē (Hawai‘i's state bird), the mōlī (Laysan albatross), and migratory birds like the kōlea (Pacific golden plover). Other animals which can be seen frolicking in these parts are humpback whales, Hawaiian monk seals, and Hawaiian spinner dolphins, so keep a sharp eye out when you’re scanning the ocean. Native coastal plants protected and restored on the refuge include ‘āheahea, ‘ilima, hala, and others. Learn all about the refuge’s wildlife preservation efforts at the visitor center, where you’ll also find unique gift items and memorabilia for sale.