Kīlauea, Hawaii

human settlement in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States of America

Kīlauea is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Kauaʻi County, Hawaii, United States. As of the 2020 census it had a population of 3,014.[2]

Kīlauea, Hawaii
Location in Kauai County and the state of Hawaii
Location in Kauai County and the state of Hawaii
Coordinates: 22°13′N 159°25′W / 22.21°N 159.41°W / 22.21; -159.41
CountryUnited States
 • Total5.27 sq mi (13.65 km2)
 • Land4.97 sq mi (12.87 km2)
 • Water0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)
292 ft (89 m)
 • Total3,014
 • Density606/sq mi (234/km2)
Time zoneUTC-10 (Hawaii-Aleutian)
ZIP codes
96722, 96754
Area code808
FIPS code15-36650
GNIS feature ID0361214

Kīlauea shares the name of the active volcano Kīlauea on the island of Hawaii. The name translates to "spewing" or "much spreading" in the Hawaiian language.[3]


Historic Kīlauea Point Lighthouse built in 1913 on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

Kīlauea is on the northeastern shore of Kauai and is bordered to the west by Kalihiwai and to the north by the Pacific Ocean. Hawaii Route 56 passes through the south side of the community, leading west 7 miles (11 km) to Hanalei and east 6 miles (10 km) to the Moloaa area which includes Moloaa Forest Reserve and overlooks Moloaa Bay.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Kilauea CDP has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.6 km2), of which 4.9 square miles (12.8 km2) are land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km2), or 5.7%, are water.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2020 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Kilauea CDP, Hawaii". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 28, 2024.
  3. Pukui, Mary Kawena (1974). Place Names of Hawaii. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-0524-0.