Kīlauea Lighthouse: NRHP


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The Kīlauea Lighthouse is in the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge in Kauai. It was built in 1913 as an aid to navigation for ships bound for Hawaii from the West. It was added the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.


The Kīlauea Point peninsula was chosen because its 180 foot elevation above the sea meant the lighthouse didn’t have to be too tall in order to be effective. The Fresnel lens, imported from France, cost $12,000 at a time when beach front property was $400 per lot.


There are three keepers houses at the park entrance because the light had three keepers who worked in shifts. In 1927, when Kīlauea’s light saved a disoriented pilot, it also became a beacon for aviation.


The beacon was automated in the seventies and in 1976, the Coast Guard shut it down, replacing it with more advanced navigational systems. Today the lamp is lit only for ceremonial purposes.


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Location: 3580 Kilauea Rd, Kilauea, HI 96754

Designation: National Wildlife Refuge, NRHP

Date designated/established: October 18, 1979

Date of my visit: April 18, 2019