Saturday is Lighthouse Day

Lighthouse Day is being celebrated at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:15 p.m., with all sorts of events free and open to the public, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said in a press release.

In addition to tours to the top of the lighthouse throughout the day and Hula Halau ‘O Hanalei members performing at 5:30 p.m., many other events are scheduled.

Lighthouse Day marks the kickoff of a lighthouse restoration project. A community-based committee has been formed, and the Kilauea Point Preservation Fund has been established.

At 5 p.m., the first donation, in the amount of $10,000, will be accepted.

Also on Lighthouse Day, the sale of engraved bricks will begin. The bricks, engraved with an individual’s name, will replace part of the asphalt pathway to the lighthouse.

The bricks will be lasting reminders of support of this historic place.

At noon, officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Marine Sanctuary and the National Geodetic Survey will dedicate the new Kilauea Point geodetic marker.

Kilauea Point will then join the worldwide system of location-finders. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., children will be given the opportunity to use GPS (global positioning system) units in a treasure hunt in celebration of the marker.

Finally, Frederick B. Wichman, author of “Kaua‘i Tales” and other books, will be at the refuge from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., telling fascinating stories of Kilauea and the North Shore.

For more information, call 828-1413.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The service manages the 95-milion-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special-management areas.

It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 resources offices, and 81 ecological-services field stations.

The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory-bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts.

It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes to state fish and wildlife agencies hundreds of millions of dollars in excise-tax revenues on fishing and hunting equipment.

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