The iconic Kilauea Lighthouse will soon be restored thanks to a Hampton
Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark contest. // © 2011 Kilauea Lighthouse
One of the most historic and identifiable landmarks on Kauai – Kilauea Lighthouse – has won Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark contest for 2011. The lighthouse is one of five landmarks nationwide and the only one in Hawaii to win the annual contest.
Hampton Hotels invited people to vote for a favorite landmark, with the winning landmarks earning a monetary gift from Hampton for their preservation in 2011. Votes were cast online from Oct. 25-Nov. 30, 2010.
Built in 1913 as a beacon for ships traveling between Hawaii and Asia, Kilauea Lighthouse is one of Kauai’s most recognized and popular attractions. Located on Kauai’s northernmost point, it’s visited by more than 500,000 people annually.
Jane Hoffman, executive director of the Kilauea Point Natural History Association, said the support from Hampton Hotels comes at a perfect time. Since summer of 2010, Kilauea Lighthouse has been in the midst of a restoration project. The association’s target completion date is May 4, 2013, the 100th anniversary of Kilauea Lighthouse, and to date, $870,000 has been raised toward the $1 million goal.
“We are absolutely thrilled about this gift from Hampton Hotels, and we’re grateful to all those people around the world who cast their vote for Kilauea Lighthouse,” said Hoffman. “This is a century-old landmark that is being well cared for by the people of Kauai. This gift from Hampton Hotels will contribute to the continued restoration of Kilauea Lighthouse for the future enjoyment of island residents and visitors who come to Kauai.”
Travelers stop at Kilauea Point not only for the opportunity to see the picturesque lighthouse, but also to view the large population of seabirds — including Laysan albatrosses, wedge-tailed shearwaters and red-footed boobies — that have made the point’s ocean cliffs and grassy slopes their habitat. The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1985 to protect these valuable breeding grounds.
“Hawaii’s historic and cultural sites are an important part of who we are as a destination and community,” said Hawaii Tourism Authority president Mike McCartney. “We want to thank Hampton Hotels for its generous gift.”