Red-footed Boobies, Brown Boobies, Laysan Albatross, and Great Frigatebirds are regulars here, as are the resident Hawaiian Geese. In this photo, a Great Frigatebird navigates the churning waves below the cliffs, waiting to steal fish from other seabirds.
While the Kilauea WIldlife Refuge is great for birding, the panoramic view of the ocean, the historic lighthouse, and the chance to see whales and dolphins is as much a reward as the birds.
The refuge is a ten-minute drive from Hanalei and Princeville.
Steep cliffs—dotted by some of Hawaii's largest populations of nesting seabirds—plunge into the ocean here at the island's northernmost tip. A little more than three kilometers (two miles) north of Kilauea town stands the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse, built in 1913. The lighthouse can be reached by a short, paved wheelchair-accessible path from the parking lot. Make sure to scan the water for acrobatic spinner dolphins and Hawaiian monk seals, a highly endangered species.