The National Wildlife Refuge is a short trip off Highway 56. The overlook is an outstanding place to see birds swirling above their nests in the cliffs. It is also home to the Nene, the Hawaiian geese. During the right times of year, you can see whales, spinner dolphins, turtles, monk seals and other sea life. If you get to see the albatross listen to their calls- kinda like small children in distress.
From the overlook you get to see the lighthouse built in 1913 and restored 100 years later in 2013. It is the northern-most point in Hawai’i. It is worth it to take the $10 guided tour on Wednesdays or Saturdays. It used to be that you got there early to sign up for the tour but with the pandemic, you need to make reservations in advance.
Jon and Carol are owners of Vista Curated Travel, specializing in designing trips with WOW moments and hosting small group tours to incredible places.