Exit airport on Hwy 570 (Ahukini
Rd) & go short way to Hwy 51 (Kapule Hwy)
Turn Right onto Hwy 51 (heading for
Go approx. 1.7 miles to Hwy 56 (Kuhio
Continue approx. 20 miles on Hwy
56 to Kilauea town
Turn right onto Kolo Road & go
1 mile to Kilauea Road
Turn left on Kilauea Road & go
0.6 mi. to the Refuge parking lot
One of the most spectacular sections
of shoreline in the Hawaiian Islands. The Refuge, established
in 1985, is one of the best places to view the nesting colonies
of Central Pacific seabirds against a dramatic backdrop
of steep cliffs plunging to the ocean. Built in 1913, Kilauea
Lighthouse stands as a monument to Hawaii's colorful past
- placed on the National Register of Historic Places in
Note: Open daily. Visitor Center & Bookstore.
Nominal admission charge. Tel. 828-1413. Restrooms.
Return 2.2 mi. on Princeville Road
to Hwy 56 (Kuhio Hwy)
Turn Right onto Hwy 56 & go
short way (0.1 mi.) to Overlook (left side)
Beautiful sweeping vistas of Hanalei
Valley and the sea, especially at sunset. A National Wildlife
Refuge established in 1972 for endangered waterfowl - where
most of the taro in Hawaii is grown. The Hanalei River is
designated as an American Heritage River.
Leave Hanalei Valley Overlook &
continue 2.8 mi. on Hwy 56 to the Waioli Mission House
The Waioli Mission was established in
1834. The mission hall is the oldest surviving church building
on the Island of Kauai. The Waioli Huiia Church, completed
in 1912, reflects the American Gothic architectural style
so popular in New England. The shingled church has a belfry
tower which houses the old mission bell. The 1837 missionary
home and grounds faithfully capture rural life on Kauai during
that era. Both buildings are listed on the State and National
Registers of Historic Places.
Note: Free admission. Waioli Huiia Church is open daily,
tel. 826-6253. Waioli Mission House Museum is open during
weekdays, tel. 245-3202. Inquire about guided tours of the
Waioli Mission House.
Pull off at shoulder on the road
(right side). Trails lead down to beach.
One of Kauai's most popular North Shore
beaches - its beauty has provided the background for many
movies, the best known being "South Pacific". The
beach is 3/4-mile-long, very wide, and backed by lushly vegetated
Caution: Lumahai has no protective reef - frequent
high surf causes extremely dangerous water conditions. Occasionally,
during the summer, the eastern end of the beach is safe for
mi. on Hwy 56 to Limahuli Garden (left side - at entrance
to Haena State Park)
One of three
National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Kauai. Backdropped
by towering peaks sculpted by eons of wind and rain, tours
of these lush 1000+ acres of garden and rain forest preserve
offer visions of natural beauty and intriguing Hawaiian culture.
Walk the land where taro still thrives on ancient lava rock
terraces. Learn about native plants of the Islands, the plants
brought by the Polynesians, and introduced species invading
Hawaii's natural habitats.
Note: Open Tues-Fri & Sun. Access restricted to
self-guided & guided tours. Reservations & fee required
for guided tours. Tel. 826-1053. Restrooms.
Site of Kee Beach,
a small, sand-bottomed lagoon popular with swimmers and snorkelers.
The park includes a large number of ancient ruins of archaeological
importance. Viewing of the Waikanaloa and Waikapalae Wet Caves
- 4,000-year-old sea caves. Trailhead for the 11-mile Kalalau
Trail along the Na Pali Coast is located within the park.
Note: Camping with County permit is only allowed at
adjacent Haena County Park. Restrooms.
Caution: During periods of high surf, particularly
during the winter and spring, dangerous water conditions occur