Remember in our last album the sunrise near the lighthouse? Well, the grounds were closed at that time, so we stopped at the Kilauea Point Lighthouse and National Wildlife Refuge again on our return leg. Built in 1913, the original oil lamp was a 250,000 candle-power, which was condensed by the French-manufactured (for $12,000) Fresnel lens (which you can see in the photo inside the housing) to a beam visible 20 miles out to sea. In 1930 the oil lamp was replaced by an electric one. Then, in 1958 it was upgraded to a final intensity of 2.5 million candle-power. The lens assembly weighs 4 1/2 tons, and is composed of over 300 hand-ground lenses and prisms. The whole assembly rested on a friction-reducing platform of mercury and pressurized air. A cable pulley system similar to what drives a common cuckoo clock (except that the weight was 250 pounds) turned the thing. This required an attendant to rewind the cable on a metal drum (located in the basement) every 3 1/2 hours to keep it turning. In 1976 it was deactivated, and in 1978 was listed as a National Historic Place. As you may recall, there was a rainbow here in the morning, also. Maybe this really IS the Rainbow Connection!