Mount Kilauea, Hawaii Cruise Port, 2019 and 2020 Cruises to Mount Kilauea, Hawaii | The Cruise Web

Mount Kilauea, Hawaii Cruise Port

Kilauea is an unincorporated community located within Kauai County, Hawaii. It’s the smallest town on the northeast shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Its namesake is the volcanic Mount Kilauea, which directly translates as “spewing” or “much spreading.” While it began life as a sugarcane plantation, its workers migrated from many different countries including far-away places like Japan and various South American locales. Because of those odd beginnings, Kilauea is an extremely ethnically diverse place. The buildings of the Kong Lung Historic Market Center are remnants from the plantation era and now serve as the backdrop for bustling commerce and numerous local businesses. After the world’s largest guava plantation closed for good in 2007, the owners repurposed their land into an adventurous path known as the Wai Koa Loop Trail. Open fields, lighthouses, and beaches—a few hidden off the beaten path—are a few other factors that compel visitors to this charming retreat.


  • Travel along the hilly, craggy shores to the Kilauea Lighthouse, an historic treasure built in the 1900s to aid sailors. Since renovated, it’s now primarily used to help protect the town’s population of seabirds.
  • Explore the unique flora and fauna at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Along with the scenic views, the wildlife is impressive—particularly the wide variety of seabirds.
  • Learn local history and scads of plant knowledge at the Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens. With great guides and so many beautiful plants, the gardens are truly a sight to behold.
  • Walk the stunning 4.5 Wai Koa Loop Trail that offers more trees, flora, and beautiful running water than an average hiking trails, and it’s very well maintained.     

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