Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge Ticketed Entry

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is located on the northern-most point in the main Hawaiian Islands on a portion of the former Kīlauea volcanic vent and includes spectacular views from a 568-foot ocean bluff. The Refuge is one of the best places on the main Hawaiian Islands to view some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds found in Hawai‘i. Visitors also have a chance to view humpback whales as early as October through April, spinner dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles, native Hawaiian coastal plants and Hawai‘i’s state bird - the nēnē or Hawaiian goose. The refuge is also home to the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse, which has a rare intact Fresnel lens, is a part of the Kīlauea Point Light Station listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been part of a rich history since it was built in 1913, including playing a key role in the first trans-Pacific flight from the West Coast to Hawai‘i. 

Visiting hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are closed Sunday through Wednesday and on most major Federal holidays; however, the overlook at the end of Kilauea Road is always accessible to view Kīlauea Point and the lighthouse from a distance. The winter months of January through April are the refuge’s busiest season and peak visitation demand generally occurs in the morning. Please give yourself at least 30 minutes to enjoy your time at the Refuge. Visit us at www.fws.gov/kilaueapoint for more information.

Kilauea Point NWR has implemented a timed entry reservation system in order to meet the CDC, state and local guidance related to COVID-19 and to better manage high visitation demand and limited parking availability.  

Each adult entering the refuge will need a timed reservation ticket for each day they plan to be at the refuge. Children 15 and under are free and do not need a reservation. You may reserve up to 15 tickets per reservation. 

The timed reservation ticket includes the entrance fee, unless you have an annual or lifetime pass, which would cover the passholder and and up to 3 additional adults. Valid entrance passes accepted are: Kamaʻāina, Duck Stamp, Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Interagency Volunteer Pass, Interagency Military Pass, Interagency 4th Grade Pass. You can also choose to purchase a pass onsite. If you have a pass or wish to purchase a pass, select the Existing Passholder or Purchase Pass reservation option. All reservations including passholders and pass purchasers will be required to pay the $1.00 reservation fee per ticket.  

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is located on the northern-most point in the main Hawaiian Islands on a portion of the former Kīlauea volcanic vent and includes spectacular views from a 568-foot ocean bluff. The Refuge is one of the best places on the main Hawaiian Islands to view some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds found in Hawai‘i. Visitors also have a chance to view humpback whales as early as October through April, spinner dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles, native Hawaiian coastal plants and Hawai‘i’s state bird - the nēnē or Hawaiian goose. The refuge is also home to the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse, which has a rare intact Fresnel lens, is a part of the Kīlauea Point Light Station listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been part of a rich history since it was built in 1913, including playing a key role in the first trans-Pacific flight from the West Coast to Hawai‘i. 

Visiting hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are closed Sunday through Wednesday and on most major Federal holidays; however, the overlook at the end of Kilauea Road is always accessible to view Kīlauea Point and the lighthouse from a distance. The winter months of January through April are the refuge’s busiest season and peak visitation demand generally occurs in the morning. Please give yourself at least 30 minutes to enjoy your time at the Refuge. Visit us at www.fws.gov/kilaueapoint for more information.

Kilauea Point NWR has implemented a timed entry reservation system in order to meet the CDC, state and local guidance related to COVID-19 and to better manage high visitation demand and limited parking availability.  

Each adult entering the refuge will need a timed reservation ticket for each day they plan to be at the refuge. Children 15 and under are free and do not need a reservation. You may reserve up to 15 tickets per reservation. 

The timed reservation ticket includes the entrance fee, unless you have an annual or lifetime pass, which would cover the passholder and and up to 3 additional adults. Valid entrance passes accepted are: Kamaʻāina, Duck Stamp, Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Interagency Volunteer Pass, Interagency Military Pass, Interagency 4th Grade Pass. You can also choose to purchase a pass onsite. If you have a pass or wish to purchase a pass, select the Existing Passholder or Purchase Pass reservation option. All reservations including passholders and pass purchasers will be required to pay the $1.00 reservation fee per ticket.  

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• Timed reservation tickets will be available for advanced reservations on a rolling 60 days in advance of the tour date. Example: On July 9th, tickets will be available through September 7th. Reservations may be made online up until the designated time of entry, as availability allows.

Changes and Cancellations

Reservations are required for entry into the Refuge. There is a $1.00 non-refundable reservation fee per ticket.

If you are an EXISTING National Lands Pass Holder, please select Existing Pass Holder Entry. Pass holders may bring up to 3 adults with them for free.

If you wish to PURCHASE a listed pass, please select Buy a Pass Upon Arrival Entry.

Children 15 and under are FREE and do not require a reservation.

You may cancel your ticket up to an hour in advance of your reserved entrance time. There are no refunds for the $1.00 reservations fee per ticket. Changes cannot be made. You must cancel your reservation and create a new reservation; all fees apply. 

Guest types:

Single Adult Day Use Refuge Entry Ticket - $10 

Existing Pass Holder Entry - $0

Buy Pass Upon Arrival Entry - $0

We accept and sell these pass types:

We accept, but do not sell these pass types:

Contact Information

Mailing Address

3500 Kīlauea Rd. P.O. Box 1128 Kīlauea HI 96754

Phone Number

(808) 635-0925

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