Kealia Pond is the largest wetlands in the Hawaiian Islands. It is the home to endemic and migratory birds including the Hawaiian Coot, Hawaiian Duck, and Hawaiian Stilt. If the kids aren't interested in birds, it's the home to colorful dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies, including the smallest in North America, the Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly. Giant microscopes are fun to use to look at little critters. A 1/2 mile drive down the old fish ponds, allows visitors to walk around the levees and see/hear the birds by the thousands. Seasonal waterbirds visit from September through April. New Visitor Center is at Mile Post 6 on the Mokulele Highway, just 1/2 mile North of the Piilani Highway and North Kihei Road intersection. The Keaia Coastal Boardwalk is about 2.5 miles by car and is also part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge. Free. Monday-Friday, 7 am to 4 pm, and 1 Saturday each month.
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