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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by: Kim Steutermann Rogers
Destination: Kauai
Oct 02, 2009

Today is Friday, which means, of course, I head to Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon for my volunteer gig.  I do this every week, but, just in case I forget, I set an alarm on my iPhone to remind me every Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.  I'll be honest here:  I never need reminding.  Who would?  Kilauea Point is one of the most exquisite coastlines in all Hawai'i.  And that reminds me to share this press release with you from Park Ranger Shayna Carney.  You see, the week of October 11 is "National Wildlife Refuge Week," and there is much going on at Kilauea Point during that week.  Much, by the way, that you cannot see and do during the rest of the 52 weeks of the year.  So, come on out.  I'll be there.

By the way, the bird in the picture above is a nene, Hawaii's state bird, also known as the Hawaiian goose.

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 11-17

Visit Kaua‘i’s National Wildlife Refuges during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 11 - 17, and celebrate America’s wildlife heritage! Our National Wildlife Refuge System is made up of more than 550 refuges throughout the United States. From Alaska to Puerto Rico, from Maine to Guam, Refuges protect more than 95 million acres set aside to conserve habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Kaua‘i’s three National Wildlife Refuges – Kīlauea Point, Hanalei, and Hulē‘ia – share a mystical beauty and important role in the island’s rich cultural and natural history. Kīlauea Point, with its dramatic backdrop of steep cliffs plunging to the ocean, is one of the best places in the main Hawaiian Islands to view seabirds. Encircled by waterfall-draped mountains, the picturesque Hanalei Valley on the north shore harbors the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Located on the southeast side of the island, Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge lies adjacent to the famous Alekoko Fish Pond, and includes wooded slopes and bottomlands along the Hulē‘ia River.

Take advantage of this national week of celebration. Come and discover hundreds of seabirds nesting atop sheer sea cliffs, enjoy ever-changing views of a valley where taro farming coexists with endangered waterbirds and explore Kaua‘i’s colorful past by visiting the famous Kīlauea Point Lighthouse during the week’s special events.

Sunday, October 11
CRATER HILL / MŌKŌLEA POINT HIKE- National Wildlife Refuge Week will kick off with local historian Gary Smith from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a vigorous 6-mile hike to a spectacular vantage point on the refuge, accessible only to guided visitors. This free hike will illuminate a rich history of the refuge and bright past of Kīlauea Town. Space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 639-1388.

Monday, October 12
KĪLAUEA POINT NWR CLOSED- The refuge will be closed in observance of Discoverer's Day.

Tuesday, October 13
“SEABIRDS OF HAWAI‘I” HIKE- Did you know that an estimated 15 million seabirds are either flying over Hawaiian waters or breeding on Hawaiian islands at any one time? Join Refuge seabird biologist Beth Flint for an informative hike up Crater Hill to learn more about these truly amazing avian wonders. This free hike starts at 9 a.m. and is moderately strenuous. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Please call 639-1388.

MOVIE NIGHT AT THE KĪLAUEA THEATER- Join us for a fun-filled evening at the Kīlauea Theater. This year, National Wildlife Refuge Week focuses on the health of the word’s birds – especially those that depend on refuge lands and waters for nesting, foraging, wintering or rest stops on their migration routes. The family-friendly movie “Fly Away Home” will show at 7 p.m. It is the touching story of a father and daughter who decide to lead a flock of orphaned geese south by air. Reservations are not required, however seating is limited. Thank you to the Calvary Chapel, North Shore for their support.

KEIKI FUN AT KĪLAUEA POINT NWR- Help park rangers track down the elusive “Blue Goose,” symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Children under 16 are free. The refuge entrance fee for adults is $5.

Wednesday, October 14
CRATER HILL HIKE- Join a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ranger for a moderately strenuous hike to a remote portion of the refuge where wildlife and breathtaking coastal views abound. This free hike will start at 9 a.m. and lasts approximately 2½ hours. Space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 639-1388.

Thursday, October 15
HULĒ‘IA NWR KAYAK PADDLE- Paddle the gorgeous Hulē‘ia River, adjacent to the Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge, located on Kaua‘i’s southeast shore. Join local guides who will unlock the story of the spectacular Hulē‘ia River Valley from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. This event is sponsored by Outfitters Kaua‘i. The cost is $10 and space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 639-1388.

CRATER HILL HIKE- Join a Fish and Wildlife Service Ranger for a moderately strenuous hike to a remote portion of the refuge where wildlife and breathtaking coastal views abound. This free hike will start at 9 a.m. and lasts approximately 2½ hours. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 639-1388.

Friday, October 16
CRATER HILL HIKE- Join a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ranger for a moderately strenuous hike to a remote portion of the refuge where wildlife and breathtaking coastal views abound. This free hike will start at 9 a.m. and lasts approximately 2½ hours. Space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 639-1388.

Saturday, October 17
KĪLAUEA POINT FREE DAY- All are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of Kīlauea Point, at no charge. Kīlauea Point offers a rare opportunity to see seabirds up close, check out native coastal plants, and catch a glimpse of nēnē in their native habitat. Enjoy coastal views while looking for spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and Hawaiian monk seals. Visitors can learn how President Teddy Roosevelt helped create the refuge system over 100 years ago. The $5 per adult fee will be waived. The refuge is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

KEIKI FUN AT KĪLAUEA POINT NWR- The day will also be filled with fun keiki activities! Stroll through the history of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and enjoy a variety of activities and giveaways.

“LEARN TO DRAW WILDLIFE” WITH PATRICK CHING AT KĪLAUEA POINT NWR-
Children of all ages are invited to create wildlife art throughout the day with renowned artist and former Kīlauea Point employee Patrick Ching. Materials are provided and the event is free. Reservations are not required.

CRATER HILL / MŌKŌLEA POINT HIKE- Join local historian Gary Smith from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a vigorous 6-mile hike to a spectacular vantage point on the refuge, accessible only to guided visitors. This free hike will illuminate a rich history of the refuge and bright past of Kīlauea Town. Space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 639-1388.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

 

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