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Address: Kailua, Oahu, HI
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Beautiful, natural area in Kailua, Hawaii

I lived across the street from the marsh for a year in 2014. I loved walking over to find out what was happening as volunteers are continually working to improve the area. There... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Carolyn K
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Kailua, Hawaii
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86 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Kawainui Marsh trail was built as a flood retaining wall to protect Kailua. Has a very wide concrete sidewalk and even wider gravel road also.A favorite for runners, walkers and bicycles. There are many varieties of ducks, birds, frogs, etc.Park at the end of Kihapai street there is a park with paved parking for free.

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Thank DougCorrea
Kailua, Hawaii
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

One of my favorite places in Kailua...a trip across the dike through the Kawainui Marsh. This is my morning trek almost every day..about a 30-minute walk one-way. Its far away from the traffic noise, especially at sunrise and sunset.

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Thank Kuukama
Kailua, Hawaii
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31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Most activities are monitored by the state, even parking is mostly spoken for. If you are not an affecianado of Hawaiian culture, language, or dance you won't find much to interest you, and even those things are few. Music seems to be somewhat of a universal language, but it is probably best accessed at Dukes or Kanakapila grill in Waikiki.... More 

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Thank Kamaaina96734
California
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57 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I lived across the street from the marsh for a year in 2014. I loved walking over to find out what was happening as volunteers are continually working to improve the area. There is a long walk/run along the marsh which is beautiful. . .so much wildlife and great views!!

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1 Thank Carolyn K
Kailua, Hawaii
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Wonderful vistas of the marsh and Koolau mountains are to be found in the 1 mile walk along the dike that protects Kailua homes from flooding. There are other areas of the marsh where it is possible to hike and picnic as well....

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2 Thank Patrick L
Kaneohe
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This is a beautiful natural marsh--the largest on Oahu. As such, it is a protected Wildife Sanctuary, and that fact by itself deserves respect when visiting this site. There is a nice, somewhat lengthy, flat trail on the floodwater control levy. This levy, however, has no shade, so plan for an early morning walk, and bring water. There is no... More 

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2 Thank Mae O
Kailua, Hawaii
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Endangered shearwaters nest in Kawainui marsh and the lights and noise from the marsh "fun" run was destructive. Please stay out of the marsh. Run and walk your dog elsewhere.

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3 Thank Leialoha2013
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50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

The Kailua Nite Run took us out into the marsh. It really is beautiful and the history of the area is well worth learning about.

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1 Thank Kimberly T
San juan capistrano
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

What does one expect to see at a marsh? Well, a marsh. If that is what you are after, then the hot unshaded trail across it is for you. Wild life is in the farther reaches away from the trail, understandably, although there are occasional waterfowl. Hot! No shade! There are far more interesting places to visit on Oahu and... More 

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3 Thank Louisa W
Kailua, Hawaii
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The only real marsh left in Hawaii. The bird watching is fantastic. It's a really nice peaceful area. One I really love and recommend.

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