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Under Wraps: Kilauea Point Lighthouse

Posted by: Kim Steutermann Rogers
Destination: Kauai
Jul 06, 2010

The Kilauea Point Lighthouse at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is about to go under wraps. 

The 97-year-old lighthouse on the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands was built to guide ships from the Americas to Asia, as well as, local boaters and watercraft.  In 1927, this historic lighthouse saved the lives of two U.S. Army pilots when they overshot Oahu on the first mainland-to-Hawaii flight.  The lighthouse and its Fresnel lens have also weathered a couple serious hurricanes and minor earthquakes.  But she's showing her age.  What 97-year-old doesn't have a few age spots and wrinkles?

For the next two years, Kilauea Point Lighthouse will undergo rennovation.  The first order of business will be to "wrap" the lens.  A layer of foam will go in first, then, Tyvek and, finally, plywood.  That will happen over the next three days.  It's expected the lens will be covered for the duration of the rennovation--upwards of two years--and will be complete well in advance of the the Kilauea Lighthouse's 100th anniversary on May 1, 2013.  (Expect a big party then.)  We'll bring you details of the restoration, as well as, stories and facts about the lighthouse throughout the process.

Here are some pictures of the Kilauea Point Lighthouse the day before the restoration begins.

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