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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, PO Box 1042, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
Phone Number: 808 875 1582
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Very relaxing

I was happy to visit here and have to admit we ended up strolling onto the beach when we saw a path leading to it from the boardwalk. It was a great walk and we really enjoyed it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I was happy to visit here and have to admit we ended up strolling onto the beach when we saw a path leading to it from the boardwalk. It was a great walk and we really enjoyed it. Next time, we'll check out the whole boardwalk.

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

A nice stroll along the boardwalk through the sanctuary. Saw lots of birds. Signage is frequent and very informative. Walked to the end then walked back along the beach and watched kite surfers.

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Kihei, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There are actually two locations where visitors and residents can visit the Kealia Pond Refuge area. One is close to North Kihei Road, between the road and the beach. It provides a boardwalk that facilitates access and enables viewing of the pond without intrusion on the sensitive wetland. The other area has a visitor centre and is accessed off the... More 

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Kihei, Hawaii
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20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There are so many other things to do on Maui, I would do those first before wasting my time here. Use this as a last resort in filling time..

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

The best I can say is that the boardwalk is well maintained. There were next to no birds but this is understandable given the proximity of the main road. Crossing the road to the visitors centre was also disappointing as it was closed but no explanation was provided and no trails or options were suggested. I wouldn't advise not to... More 

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Delta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Visitors to Maui must check out Kealia Pond Refuge and take a stroll along the meandering boardwalk there. We do, every time we visit and every time we do, we see different sights. Take the time to read the wonderful pictorial storyboards posted along the walk. They give detailed interpretive information about inhabitants of this wildlife refuge. This recent visit... More 

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Madison
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Come armed with binoculars or a strong zoom camera to see the A'eo up close. Be sure read the information signs along the boardwalk. They are the best written ones I've seen and even impart a bit of wit. It's one thing to see such a rare species, but it's so much better to understand what makes them special.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Spent a couple hours out on the board walk watching the birdlife and snapping pictures. it's an informative walk with a great boardwalk through the pond.

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Berkeley, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

It was nice to change up the pace and visit the refuge instead of the beach, tho the beach IS right there. It's always fun to look for different birds than what we're used to seeing at home. At this time, the bird life was scant, but the boardwalk and ponds certainly offer great opportunities for viewing - also just... More 

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Calgary AB
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We went on the boardwalk near Sugar beach. Lovely view of A'eo birds, herons and nice interpretive signs. Perfect for sunset and something different with the kids. Bring binoculars!

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