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HAWAII EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

Hawaii Happenings

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DISASTER RELATED MATERIALS ARE NOW LOCATED ON OUR “HAWAII EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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ALL UP TO THE MINUTE INFORMATION FOR BENEFIT’S PROGRAMS FOR HAWAII RESIDENTS CAN BE FOUND AT:

http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/browse-by-state/state/HI

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Hawaii Business News and Events – SPECIAL BULLETIN

Jane Sawyer, Hawaii District Director
Building Capacity with the SBA!

A key to growing your business is having the right resources to respond positively to changing conditions. Capacity building has been defined as the “process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast-changing world.” Training and technical assistance are often the foundation of capacity building plans for small business owners, entrepreneurs, managers and professionals. Identify your needs and map your course to elevating your business to the next level!

SBA is revving up activity in the Hawaii District for training and outreach with our local lenders, our resource partners and our transitioning military and veterans around Hawaii and Guam this month. Resource Days with SBA — a private consultation with one of our business specialists — are now being scheduled around the state. We’re forming strategic alliances with our Chambers of Commerce and community organizations to focus on small business concerns and increase public awareness of the contributions that small business provide to the economic well-being of the islands. Contracting and business development courses are being planned and recruitment is underway. SBA’s valuable executive training course, the Emerging Leaders Initiative, is accepting applications for the 2016 course now. Contact SBA at hawaiigeneral@sba.gov to learn more.
Small Business Events

These events still have space! Go to www.sba.gov/hi and click on Small Business Events to register or find out more information:

Fundamentals of Working with the Federal Government – February 9, 2016, Tuesday, 8:30am-9:00am, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1-306, Honolulu, HI 96813. Registration required. Note: a Small Business Specialist from a Contracting Agency will be present to answer your questions!

8(a), HUBZone & Other SBA Contracting Programs – February 9, 2016, Tuesday, 9:00am-10:30am, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1-306, Honolulu, HI 96813. Registration required. Note: a Small Business Specialist from a Contracting Agency will be present to answer your questions!

Applying to the 8(a) Business Development Program – February 10, 2016, Wednesday, 8:30am-10:30am, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1-306, Honolulu, HI 96813. Registration required.

Understanding Your Credit and Why You Need a Business Plan – February 11, 2016, Thursday, 9:00am-12:00pm, FOR’EWA Pono Office, James Campbell Building, 1001 Kamokila Blvd, Ste 133, Kapolei, HI 96707. Registration Required.

Finding the Funding – February 24, 2016, Wednesday, 9:00-11:00am, FOR’EWA Pono Office, James Campbell Building, 1001 Kamokila Blvd, Ste 133, Kapolei, HI 96707. Registration Required.

And check out the events already posted for March 2016!

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Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities

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Hawaii’s Governor-appointed Board of volunteers serve as advocates for persons with disabilities by providing advice and recommendations on legislation, rules, policies, procedures and plans relating to persons with disabilities and their civil rights or service needs. The Board also has information about parking regulations and permits for persons with disabilities.

For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/hawaii/civil_rights.

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The County of Kaua’i AEA offers services to seniors, including those with disabilities, and their caregivers. They have information about community service providers, assistance in screening and applying for government benefits and help in making decisions about long-term care needs.

For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/hawaii/benefits.

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Kauai

Ongoing Events on the Island of Kauai

Aloha Friday Lei Making Workshop
Free lei-making workshops are held every Friday at the West Kaua‘i Technology & Visitors Center. Reservations are required for this
free event. Come learn how to create the Hawaiian symbol of aloha. For reservations and more information, call 808-338-1332.

Coconut Marketplace Entertainment
The Coconut Marketplace is an open-air market, which houses 70 different shops and restaurants. Every Wednesday evening the
marketplace offers free entertainment at 5:00 p.m. and includes local hula dancers. For more information, call 808-822-3641.

Hanapepe Art Night
Every Friday, Hanapepe Town’s nine galleries open their doors for an evening of artistic adventure. Stroll through Main Street and
enjoy fine art and live entertainment. You can also purchase local goodies and crafts as you make your way through the galleries.
You’ll find the perfect souvenir from your visit to Kaua‘i. Friday nights, 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Carol
Bain at 808-246-2111.

Historic Waimea Walking Tour
Tour historic Waimea, the place where Captain Cook first landed in Hawai‘i. This town was once a major population center and the
home to ruling chiefs. Missionaries established schools, and rice and sugar growers changed the landscape. Every Monday, the free
90-minute tour begins at the West Kaua‘i Technology and Visitor Center in the morning at 9:30 a.m. For reservations and more
information, call 808-338-1332.

Hula Show At Harbor Mall
Enjoy a free hula show every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Harbor Mall. For more information, call 808-245-6255.

Kaua‘i Museum Tour
From Monday through Friday, docents provide interpretation of Kaua‘i and Ni’ihau culture as they lead tours through the museum’s
galleries. Free tour with admission. The tour occurs every Tuesday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 808-245-
6931.

Monthly Starwatch
Kaua‘i is an ideal location for astronomical observation. The Kaua‘i Educational Association for Science & Astronomy conducts a
monthly starwatch in Kaumakani at the softball field at sunset. For more information on dates and times, call 808-332-7827.

‘Ohana Day
Families and visitors are invited to join Kaua‘i Museum for a day of demonstrations, exhibits and fun. View native Hawaiian art and
artifacts preserved in the main exhibit. Held on the first Saturday of every month. Admission is free. For more information, call 808-
245-6931.

Old Waimea Sugar Plantation Walking Tour
Tour Waimea Plantation Cottages and the neighboring Waimea Sugar Company “camp” houses, which date from the turn of the
century. For more information and reservations, call 808-337-1005.

Slack Key Guitar And ‘Ukulele Concerts
Enjoy traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and ‘ukulele every weekend at the Hanalei Family Community Center from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 ($15 keiki/seniors). For more specific information, call 808-826-1469 or visit www.alohaplentyhawaii.com

Tahitian Dance
Urahutia Productions presents free Tahitian dance performances every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-5:45 p.m. at Po‘ipu
Shopping Village. Performances are held at the Center Stage. Come and enjoy the beauty of Tahiti. For more information, call 808-742-
2831.

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Old Lahaina Town
Once a bustling whaling port, this charming seaside town was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962. Its historic sites and
uniquely colonial architecture mixed with wonderful eateries and shops make for a great evening stroll.

Sunset Cliff Diving
Take part in a cultural and historic activity at Puu Kekaa (Black Rock), held every evening just before sunset fronting the Sheraton
Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. Call (808) 661-0031.

Tedeschi Vineyard
Take a tour of Maui’s only commercial winery. Tasting room is open to the public from 9:00am – 5:00pm, seven days a week. Free
guided tours available at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. Call toll free (877) 878-6058 or visit www.mauiwine.com

Maui Arts and Cultural Center
A performing arts complex serving as a gathering place for celebrating creativity and discovery. Featuring free art at the Schaefer
International gallery Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00am – 5:00pm. Call (808) 242-7769 or visit www.mauiarts.org

The Orchid House and Gardens
From the moment you step in, you’re inundated with the sweet scents and vibrant colors of orchids, ferns, palms and tropical flowers.
Located at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Hotel. Admission is free. Visit www.fourseasons.com/manelebay

The Munro Trail
Hike through lush rainforests and up to the summit of Mount Lanaihale. The trail is approximately 12 miles long and offers the perfect
vantage point to see breathtaking views of Molokai and Maui.

Lanai Culture & Heritage Center
A center dedicated to the preservation of Lanai artifacts of traditional, cultural, historical and artistic value, with emphasis on the last
1,000 years of Hawaiian residency from early settlement to the end of the plantation era. For more info, call (808) 565-7177 or visit
www.lanaichc.org

Purdy’s Macadamia Nut Farm
Since 1980, this five-acre farm in Kualapuu has been a favorite among visitors. Learn how to “crack a mac” and take a free tour of
this charming plantation, hosted by owners Tuddie and Kammy Purdy. Open weekdays from 9:30am – 3:30pm and Saturdays from 10:
00am – 2:00pm. For more info, call (808) 567-6601 or visit www.molokai-aloha.com/macnuts/

Papohaku Beach
Three miles of soft sand and a gorgeous view of Oahu await at one of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches. Equipped with picnic and
restroom facilities, this quiet and friendly beach is perfect for camping and family gatherings.

Are we there yet?
It’s practically programmed into your kids’ list of frequently asked questions. And being on Maui, Lanai or Molokai definitely makes
answering a pleasure. Whether they’re interested in sea life, the great outdoors, arts and crafts or music, all their built up energy can
be put to good use. And at the end of the day, when they’ve fallen asleep on the car ride back, you’ll know it was a trip they’ll always
remember.

Maui:

Maui Ocean Center
Kids will plunge at the opportunity to “Sleep With The Sharks.” Maui Ocean Center and their educational team periodically offer 3rd
through 8th graders the chance to roll out a sleeping bag in the infamous shark tank. This sleepover is jam—packed, from feeding sea
turtles and hammerhead sharks to petting sea stars to exploring bioluminescent fish. Really, what could be more fun than cruising
the aquarium after hours? With pizza for dinner, staying up late to watch movies, and falling asleep while giant tiger sharks whiz by,
it’s a totally awesome experience—and not so dangerous, after all. For more info, call (808) 270-7070 or visit www.MauiOceanCenter.
com

Hawaii Nature Center
Featuring a modern interactive science museum with 30 hands-on exhibits, children and the young-at-heart alike will find themselves
mesmerized by the beauty of Hawaiian flora and fauna. Guided hikes also available. Call (808) 244-6500 or visit www.
hawaiinaturecenter.org

Lanai:

The Lanai Art Center
Let your kids express their creativity. The center provides art experiences in drawing, painting, fabric arts, children’s arts and crafts,
pottery, woodworking and more. Offered to all age levels; private lessons available. Call (808) 565-7503 or visit www.lanaiart.org

Molokai:

Molokai Coffee Farm
Get ready for a journey through the Molokai coffee fields and around the 60 billion gallon Kualapuu Reservoir. Discover the wet mill,
dry mill, roasting room and cupping room during the walk-through tour. Fun for the whole family, kids can enjoy activity books and
adults can indulge in coffee tasting at the plantation. For more info or to place orders, please call 808-567-9490 ext. 26 or 27 or visit
them online at www.coffeesofhawaii.com/

Big Wind Kite Factory
Specializing in handmade kites and windsocks, the Big Wind Kite Factory is the most colorful shop on Molokai. Take a free tour, sign
up for free kite-flying lessons, make paper kites or do a little souvenir shopping. For more info or to place orders for your very own
handmade kite, call (808) 552-2364 or visit www.molokai.com/kites

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Oahu Visitors Bureau – 733 Bishop Street, Ste 1520, Honolulu, HI 96813 – 808-524-0722

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Maui Beaches:

West Side:

D.T. Fleming Beach Park
This beautiful, secluded beach park in the northwest corner of Maui offers lush, shady grounds and great facilities, however
conditions here are more erratic due to its exposure to prevailing weather. When it is calm, take advantage of great swimming and
snorkeling (head for the rocky points to the north and south), but if the surf is up, a boogie board may be more appropriate (if you are
experienced.) The steep sloping beach drops off quickly in the water and strong currents can be present even in calm conditions. Be
cautious and feel free to check in with local lifeguards who are on patrol seven days a week. Weather changes quickly this far north,
so if it is drizzling when you arrive, do not dismay. The sun could be shining in a few short minutes!

Kapalua Bay
A small, protected bay on the north end of Maui’s west side, the beach here features calm water, white sand, and two reefs to
explore. Its gently lolling surf break makes it especially kid friendly. Snorkelers will want to explore the rocky outcroppings at the top
and bottom of the bay. A chorus line of swaying palm trees will mesmerize those left ashore. There is a small beach parking lot, and
public bathrooms and showers are available, but there is no lifeguard on duty.

Kahekili Beach Park
Kahekili is a long, broad, sandy beach with a nicely maintained park featuring great facilities: ample parking, public restrooms,
showers, picnic pavilion, and barbecues. The water here is generally calm, however, since it is on the windward side of Puu Kekaa
(Black Rock) it can get windy, especially in the afternoon. Do watch for posted warnings, there are no lifeguards on duty at this beach
park. After a short swim, snorkelers will find great areas to explore in the stretches of reef that parallel to the shore. Or, with a longer
swim, they can explore the backside of Black Rock. Access beach park from Puukolii Road in North Kaanapali.

Kaanapali Beach at Puu Kekaa (Black Rock)
There’s a reason some of Maui’s most well known resorts are situated on Kaanapali Beach-it’s a gorgeous 3-mile stretch of white
sand perfection. Set up camp near Puu Kekaa (Black Rock) and it offers the full package: great snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming
and a scene-to-be-seen (after all, this area is colloquially known as “Dig Me Beach.”) Puu Kekaa (Black Rock) is a prominent
outcropping with mature coral colonies and ocean life. The adventurous can swim along its wall out to the tip and around to its deeper
backside. Those more comfortable on land will enjoy lots to see as well; this popular beach is always abuzz with hard-bodies, surfers
and skim boarders, and activities galore. Small beach access parking lots up and down Kaanapali Parkway offer free parking (the
one near the Sheraton is closest to Black Rock) or park at Whaler’s Village (3 hours free with validation). There are plenty of
showers, restrooms, and restaurants available along the beach. Occasionally an ocean swell will create a larger shore break, so look
for warning signs, as there are no lifeguards on duty.

South Side:

Kamaole Beach Parks I, II, and III
Situated on the bustling strip of South Kihei Road, three adjoining bays separated by rocky outcroppings front the beach parks known
as Kamaole I, II, and III. More protected from prevailing weather than the west side beaches, these generally boast calm water and
gentle surf breaks. The beaches are smaller and usually quite busy, but keen-eyed lifeguards, ample parking, and clean facilities
(bathrooms and showers) are a big attraction for residents and visitors alike. As are the parks’ volleyball courts and grassy picnic
areas. Snorkelers will want to beeline for the rocky tips of each bay to find interesting areas to explore. If the water is murky at first,
swim out past the shore break and it should clear quickly.

Ulua & Mokapu Beaches
The Wailea shoreline is dotted with charming sandy beaches separated by lava rock points, which is exactly the case with these two
beaches: Mokapu and Ulua. It doesn’t matter which side you are on, the best snorkeling is at the point in between. Usually protected
from the wind, both offer calm, clear water, in addition to standard facilities: bathrooms and showers. The public beach access
parking lots are small, so arrive early to get a spot. Even though there are no lifeguards on duty, the conditions here are almost
always family-friendly.

Polo Beach
Further south, Polo Beach offers a snapshot of five-star Wailea scenery: crystal clear blue water, waves that gently lap the shore,
and signature craggy lava outcroppings framing each bay. Usually this beach is very calm, making for very good visibility in the
water and conditions especially appropriate for young children. The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui runs along the shoreline, but there is a
generous public parking lot and beach access to the south on Kaukahi Road. There are clean restrooms and showers, but no
lifeguards. The best snorkeling here is on the north end, along the rocky point. Watch for the resident Hawaiian sailing canoe to
breeze in and out throughout the day.

Maluaka Beach
Past Wailea is Makena, with its slightly more rustic coastline. Maluaka is a small gently sloping sandy beach that dips into Makena
Bay. Bordered by Makena Beach & Golf Resort (formerly the Maui Prince), and framed by the majestic silhouette of Puu Olai to the
south, this beach is usually much less crowded than other resort areas. Public parking lots are available at both ends of the beach,
however the south end offers a grassy bluff with picnic tables, restrooms and showers. Snorkelers can just meander offshore to
explore the many coral heads dotting the ocean floor. Rich with marine life, this area has affectionately been dubbed “Turtle Town.”
There are no lifeguards, so do keep a close eye on ocean conditions. Be mindful of rock hazards when entering and exiting the ocean,
and of seasonal high surf and strong currents.

Oneloa Beach at Makena State Park
Given that oneloa translates to “long stretch of sand”, it is easy to understand why this spot became known as “Big Beach.” It is
debatable whether there is a more breathtaking beach in the world; a long, broad white sandy shoreline, turquoise waters, and
peaceful feeling of undeveloped wilderness make it a hands-down favorite for residents and visitors. But that beauty belies a power
to be reckoned with: its steep slope creates a forceful shore break. On calm days, snorkelers should hit the clear water around the
lava point at the base of Puu Olai, the volcanic cider cone that frames Oneloa to the north. On days when the surf is up, sit back and
enjoy the derring-do of experienced skim and body boarders. Highly trained lifeguards are on duty daily. Two gated lots offer plenty of
parking, but beyond a few portable toilets, you are roughing it. Keep an eye out for park hours or risk getting locked in for the night.

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North Shore Surf Lessons
Our North Shore Tour is a favorite of students. The tour starts at 9am and ends between 3-4pm depending on how much fun the
students and the instructors are having. Students depart the Hans Hedemann Waikiki Surf Shop and head to the North Shore at 9am.
Once on the North Shore, we go straight into a 2-hour surf lessons. Depending on student’s skill level, we can surf any spot on the
North Shore. After the lesson, we’ll have lunch (no-host) and go sight seeing to famous surf spots like Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay,
Pipeline, etc. If there is a surf contest, we’ll stop to capture that excitement too!

Waikiki Surf Lessons
Lesson times are 9am, 12pm and 3pm daily. Complimentary hotel transportation to and from your Waikiki hotel will be provided. All of
the equipment necessary for the lesson is include: surfboard, rash guard lycras and instruction.

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SEE HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Watch park ranger Andrea Kaawaloa-Okita as she talks about the cycle of destruction and rebirth at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii’s Big Island. See incredible lava footage from Hawaii’s prolific Kilauea volcano in this month’s “STORIES OF HAWAII” video.

Watch the “Stories of Hawaii” at www.gohawaii.com/volcanoes or download the video podcast to your iPod at gohawaii.com/itunes.

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Welcome to Atlantis Adventures’ Hawaiian operations.

Recognized as Hawaii’s largest and most respected tour provider.
Operations throughout the Hawaiian Islands including Kona, Maui, and Oahu.
Oahu operates Atlantis Submarines and Atlantis Navatek Cruises.
Over 11 million customers have experienced an Atlantis Submarine Adventure.

Experience an incredible journey of discovery and adventure aboard the world famous Atlantis Submarines.

Come explore our underwater playground . . .

CONTACTING ATLANTIS ADVENTURES

Thank you for visiting atlantisadventures.com.

Our new web site is chock-full of information about every tour we offer. We’ve tried to provide all the basic details of each of our
travel packages online; however, we understand that some travelers have additional questions, or just prefer to deal directly with
one of our representatives rather than through the Internet. Rest assured, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

If you have questions about any of our tour packages, a reservation that you made either through our website or by phone or mail,
please feel free to contact one of our friendly tour representatives at the numbers listed to the right. Personal care and attention is
just another reason why it pays to choose Atlantis Adventures for all your adventure travel needs. If it’s not an Atlantis Adventures
it’s not a real adventure.

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KILAUEA LIGHTHOUSE, KAUAI
Perched at the northernmost tip of the Hawaiian Islands, the 52-foot Kilauea Lighthouse was
built in 1913 as a beacon for traveling ships. The view off the rugged northern coastline makes this the perfect vantage point for
photos. This is also the location of the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for Hawaii’s unique seabirds.

QUICK FACTS
Name:
Kilauea Lighthouse, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

What is it:
Beautiful views from Kauai’s northernmost tip. National Wildlife Refuge.

What to do:
Take panoramic photos off the northern Kauai coast

What to bring:
Camera

Directions:
Follow Kuhio Highway (HI-56) north from Lihue, turn right on Kolo Road, then turn left and take the Kilauea road to the gate of Kilauea
Point National Wildlife Refuge. Roughly a 45-minute drive from Lihue.

Admission:
Free

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