|Central coordinates||159o 24.00' West 22o 13.50' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A4i, A4ii, A4iii|
|Altitude||0 - 173m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
Site description The 203-acre (82-hectare) Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is located one mile north of Kilauea town on the northernmost point of Kauai. The refuge was established on February 15, 1985, when the land around Kilauea Point was transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from the U.S. Coast Guard. The refuge contains Kilauea Lighthouse, built in 1913, three lighthouse keepers houses, and other historic buildings. The entire 31-acre area of Kilauea Point is on the National Register of Historic Places. The refuge was enlarged in 1998 through donation of the Crater Hill parcel by the Pali-Moana Corporation and by purchase of the Mokolea Point parcel using Land and Water Conservation funds, and again in 1993-94 by purchase of lots in Seacliff Plantation. Kilauea Point was established as a refuge because it has particular value for migratory birds, is suitable for wildlife-oriented recreation and education, and for the protection of endangered and threatened species and other natural resources. The refuge is crescent-shaped and composed of two peninsulas, Mokolea Point on the eastern edge and Kilauea Point on the western edge, connected by steep rocky bluffs that reach a maximum elevation of 568 feet (173 meters) at Crater Hill. These formations are remnants of the Kilauea volcanic vent that last erupted 250,000 to 500,000 years ago. During the winter months the rugged coastline is battered by huge waves that roll across the north Pacific and reach heights of over 50 feet (15 meters). The average monthly temperature ranges from the lower to upper 70?s (oF). Median annual rainfall is about 40 inches (1 meter). Habitats include rocky cliffs and beaches, coastal shrubland dominated by Scaevola sericea, open grassy areas, and upland forest and shrubland composed of naturalized alien species. Kilauea Point is among the most-visited sites on Kauai and is one of the most popular wildlife refuges in the nation, with over half a million visitors per year.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Hawaiian Goose Branta sandvicensis||breeding||2007||300 individuals||good||A1, A2, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Laysan Albatross Phoebastria immutabilis||breeding||2007||400 individuals||good||A1||Near Threatened|
|Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica||breeding||2007||8,000-15,000 breeding pairs||unknown||A4ii||Least Concern|
|Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda||breeding||2007||350 nests||good||A4ii||Least Concern|
|Red-footed Booby Sula sula||breeding||2007||2,536 nests||good||A4ii||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - seabirds||breeding||2007||11,200-18,200 breeding pairs||medium||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Kilauea Point||National Wildlife Refuge (FWS)||78||protected area contained by site||78|
Land ownership Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is owned and managed entirely by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||100%|
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/09/2014
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