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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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Makawao, Hawaii
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Edmonton,AB
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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

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

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Beaverton, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

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.

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