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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, PO Box 1042, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
808 875 1582
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Ranked #12 of 18 Attractions in Kihei
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Rhinebeck, New York, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Lots of aquatic birds but not really ready for visitors. The only good part is the newly built bathrooms. The trails are muddy and do not have any benches (1 bench at one end). This spot needs work before it is ready for people.

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It is a beautiful spot. its a great place to stop if you are driving to or from Lahina on your way to Wailea

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Makawao, Hawaii
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This attraction is basically a boardwalk over the pond/refuge, with lots of educational signs explaining what is going on. I went with friends, and we all enjoyed it. They actually went back a second time the next day while I was at work. It would be suitable for kids, and adults that like to learn.

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Lots of shorebirds, nice boardwalk, and great white sand beach, worth a stop for walk, picnic but on windy days the sand blows across the road and it can get hot mid day.

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

The Kealia refuge is a wonderful expanse of an unspoiled beach and a vast, protected wetland. Those of us who live on Maui are grateful for the unspoiled views from both the beach walk as well as from the refuge. Some visitors may expect more birds, but you have to put things in perspective. The Hawaiian Islands are thousands of... More

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Kihei
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27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Perhaps it was the time of year, but we did not see much except for the stilts and the coots. The information center was not staffed, so we just wandered around before heading out to the observation area. As mentioned, we saw some stilts and coots, but not much else. More "hands on" information about the wildlife would have enhanced... More

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Vancouver
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

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.

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Toronto
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16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

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.

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Philadelphia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

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!

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Newberg, Oregon
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

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.

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