It was really muddy when we were there at the beginning of February and we saw only a few types of birds. The rangers had kindly put out a shoe scraper and a hose to wash off one's shoes.
We stopped at the boardwalk because we had seen it enroute to Lahaina and it was a nice walk with information. We learned about the visitor centre from the boardwalk signs and are glad we took the time to go and visit. The visitor centre had lots of information and the ponds had tons of birds to view.
Glad I made the trip to Kealia Pond, I did walk the boardwalk, but had no birds to speak of (very dry - wetlands nonexistent in boardwalk area. The ponds were another story. The dikes walkable, and plenty of black necked stilts and coots were there. Bring water and definitely wear sunscreen and a hat!
The Refuge has a nice boardwalk to get exercise and learn many hints about Maui. There are many info stations along the way to tell you about the flora and fauna of the area. You can make it a short or long walk, it is up to you. And the price is right. It is free.
Although my partner and I are not big birdwatchers, we do enjoy learning about local wildlife. At first we went to the boardwalk, but there was not much to see other than a couple of Hawaiian stilts. We did enjoy walking back to the parking lot via the beach. Next we drove to the Visitors Centre just a short drive... More
There are two parts to this - the boardwalk along the shore, and the office and ponds on the other side of the big pond. If you're a birder, you'll see lots of birds. For the ponds near the info center -you'll need bug spray. Trust me.
The place is nice, and we actually saw a lot of birds but when we've been there actually there was no one to ask information. You'll have to walk to the pond to see the birds from the information centre. We've been in Maui three times, and we went there the last day of uore third time on the isle,... More
If you like birds, you have to visit the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge! This place has the most number of Hawaiian Stilts and Coots in the state. The Visitor's Center has a lot of information about endangered birds. We did not go on the boardwalk, which is on the other side of the highway. To see the most birds,... More
Kealia Pond is a flat, dry, desolate looking place most of the year. When the rains come and it fills with shallow water, it teams with birds of many varieties. Bring your camera as it is a treat to capture their images as they forage for food. The State of Hawaii has built a boardwalk that extends for about 1/4... More
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