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This weekend we ventured out to the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife refuge, which is located on the North Shore of Kauai in Kilauea. Cijay took me here on our first trip together to Kauai, which was 8 years ago, so it was nice to revisit this area with Mia since it’s been so long. This is a great place to take your kids, because not only are there beautiful views, but you can also learn a little bit about the wildlife here on Kauai. Any place we can take Mia that is beautiful AND educational, I’m all for it!
A quick history on the lighthouse and wildlife refuge. The lighthouse was commissioned in 1913 and in 1927 it played a big role in aiding the first flight from the mainland to Hawaii. The flight overshot its intended destination of Oahu due to bad weather and they were lost in the night. The pilots were finally able to spot the Kilauea Lighthouse, realizing they were above Kauai, they were able to circle the area till morning and fly safely back to Oahu. In 1976 the Lighthouse was no longer operational and in 1985 the area which was already a natural habitat for seabirds officially became a refuge for these birds by the U.S Fish and Wildlife service. The refuge staff was able to re-introduce the Nene Goose, which were close to extinction and now there are a healthy population of the Nene at Kilauea Point.
The first time I visited the Kilauea Lighthouse we got to see so many of the seabirds, including the Nene Goose, but this time unfortunately none of the birds were there to visit with us. We will just have to go back another time and get some pictures of the birds.
We went right in the middle of the afternoon, which we should have known was probably not the best time of day because it was so hot outside, so we didn’t stay for too long. We were there long enough to take in all of the beautiful views, walk the property, learn a little bit about the wildlife and lighthouse, and do a little bird watching.
This was an area next to the lighthouse where they had a lot of information about the wildlife in Kauai. I love that they had a display talking about the importance of protecting the Hawaiian Monk Seals. They come up on shore quite often and I feel like tourist don’t always know the proper rules and laws when it comes to viewing these beautiful and endangered mammals. The most important thing is to just keep your distance, at least 50 yards away. There are actually big fines that come a long with not keeping your distance and treating these mammals with care.
Once we left the Lighthouse we wanted to cool down at the beach, so we drove a little ways down the road to Anini Beach. It’s not one of my favorite beaches, but we’re trying to get out to different places every week. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s still beautiful there, but it doesn’t always have a big beach area because of high tide and it’s not always the calmest waters in that area. We didn’t stay for very long because there were so many man o’ war washed up on the shore, but we did get to stay long enough to build a few sand castles.