Located at the northern tip of the Island of Kauai, the refuge is home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds in the main Hawaiian Islands, with breeding species including the mōlī (Laysan Albatross), ua‘u kani (Wedge-tailed Shearwater), and koa‘e ‘ula (Red-tailed Tropicbird). Shorebirds such as the kōlea (Pacific Golden Plover) and ‘ulili (Wandering Tattler) use the refuge as a wintering ground. But perhaps the highlight of the avifuana here is a year-round resident — the Nēnē, Hawai’i’s unique and endangered state bird.
Besides the birds, this refuge is a marvelous place to view Hawaiian monk seals, spinner dolphins, and migrating humpback whales. Or visit the historic Kilauea Point lighthouse, dating to 1913.
Thanks to the USFWS for providing data and images.
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