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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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This was a great opportunity to view some indigenous birds. Immediately we saw numerous unique and beautiful birds up close and in a natural habitat.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Whitehorse, Canada
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Whitehorse, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This was a great opportunity to view some indigenous birds. Immediately we saw numerous unique and beautiful birds up close and in a natural habitat.

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

The visitor center was closed when we came. There really wasn't much to see here and we turned around pretty quickly. I would not recommend stopping here.

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Okanogan, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Just pull into the lot and start your walk. Boardwalk was nice. Saw black necked stilts, kingfishers and egrets.

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Cary, North Carolina
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102 reviews 102 reviews
35 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We stopped here toward the end of April/ beginning of May. Unfortunately the visitor center was closed. We drove further down the refuge road. Due to nesting birds, all of the pathways were closed. We saw very few birds. It would be a benefit for the refuge website to provide updates on closures.

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Camano Island, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

A short boardwalk through a marshy area. Many different types of birds. Many pathways to the beach. Small parking lot, but convenient to Kihei & Ma'alaea.

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Philadelphia, PA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The place to see the endangered stilts and coots. Quiet and out of the way, yet just off the road. Also saw egrets, Brazilian cardinals and more.

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Cottam, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

An absolute treasure - and there is no cost for this experience. This nature train is accessible off Piiilani Highway (between Kihei and Kahului) and along N Kihei Road towards Maalea . There are walking trails and a wood walkway to allow you to experience the marsh birds and see Maui at its nature's best. The sense of peace and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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81 reviews 81 reviews
30 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I was surprised to find a wonderful wildlife refuge carved out of a section of highway that I used to speed past enroute to more scenic spots on the Valley Isle. I spotted the Kealia Pond from a photo of the refuge in a tourist flier. It is tricky to get to the parking lot, which is only accessible from... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This is a great place for a quick stop and walk around after a long day of adventures. It is peaceful and, of course like all of Maui, beautiful, but in its own unique way. Stop by as the sun starts to set and the view from the board walk are very surreal. Continue on to the beach and watch... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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321 reviews 321 reviews
69 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Came by here after doing some running and hiking in Kihei and Makena. Had never stopped off of the busy main road before but this clearly is an oasis of calm from Maui's busier spots. The visitor center was closed, which made this place seem even more secluded from the tourist hordes. We did a short walk after parking in... More 

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