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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

#13 of 58 things to do in Kihei Features Animals
Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
+1 808-875-1582
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Late afternoon walk

We were bumped from our AM flight so we hit some places we had not been to yet. Walked the elevated... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ed L
Covina, California
Great place for bird watching

I went here early one morning to look for Hawaiian birds and was not disappointed. I encountered a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
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“nice walk” (18 reviews)
“bird watching” (13 reviews)
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Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
+1 808-875-1582
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were bumped from our AM flight so we hit some places we had not been to yet. Walked the elevated walkway and read about the wetlands eco system. It was very cool and we got some night photos of native birds. Relaxing walk next...More

Thank Ed L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went here early one morning to look for Hawaiian birds and was not disappointed. I encountered a few now endangered Hawaiian stilt birds feeding and got some wonderful photographs with their reflections. The best time for bird viewing is in the early morning when...More

Thank JJ G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This refuge is right beside the highway and gives you a chance to see native habitat and native animals. It is interesting to see how the native land looks next to everything being built up. The long bridge is a nice feature as you can...More

Thank Brandon K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stopped at Kealia Pond during my tour with Explore Maui Nature. Although much of it was closed off near the visitor center, we still saw some interesting birds such as Black-necked Stilts, Hawaiian Coots, Night-herons, and a couple others, although not too many birds around....More

Thank Drew B
Reviewed May 10, 2017

We visited about 10:00 am 9 May. There was not much wildlife to be seen. Perhaps at another time of day or year the opportunities are better. Nice walk though. The boardwalk is well constructed. A washroom would be a nice addition. Also did some...More

1  Thank Dave1xyz
Reviewed April 27, 2017

The Walkway along the Pond and the beach takes about 10 minutes if you're in a hurry…it could take much longer than that if you look for the wildlife described in the exhibits along the way and take a detour to Sugar Beach. Maps indicate...More

1  Thank glitterix
Reviewed March 24, 2017

Located on 310 between mile 1 & 2, the refuge can only be entered from the Lahaina direction; just drive past it and turn around. There aren't a lot of parking spaces here but not too many people stop here so we had no problem...More

1  Thank Martin M
Reviewed March 18, 2017

When you think you have seen and done it all, spend a quiet hour walking the boardwalk through this wildlife reserve. Sometimes quite windy. Kids might see a turtle, although we did not.

Thank charlesodonnell
Reviewed March 13, 2017

Very peaceful. No crowd. Good place to stretch your legs and watch a few birds. Walk was muddy so don't wear good shoes. binoculars or good zoom on your camera is helpful

Thank AmyWren
Reviewed March 4, 2017

Cool place to checkout birds and just walk the beach. Check out the tidepools for sure. Not snokle friendly to rocky.

Thank hkbooher
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November 17, 2016|
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Response from Michael N | Reviewed this property |
This a wonderful free activity. Go in the morning before it gets too warm. Great bird watching. Parking can be problematic. Take your time.