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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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Vital refuge, great birds

It's easy for visitors to Maui to drive right by the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge if... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bill V
Medford, Oregon

We visited the visitors center which is very well done. We weren't able to view much of the refuge... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2018
Cherie Cross F
Winters, California
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Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I would have driven right past here if our tour guide hadn't suggested a visit after out tour. The water level was low when I visited, and there were over 20 black-crowned night herons, as well as Hawaiian stilts, Hawaiian ducks and coots in attendance....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's easy for visitors to Maui to drive right by the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge if they're not looking for it. This 700-acre gem lies between Ma'alaea Bay and the Mokulele Highway on the west side of Maui. Most people will probably encounter it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bill V
Reviewed November 10, 2018

If you are a birder stop here to see the native Hawaii coot and the stilts! There are often other species as well migrating through or just staying around but these two will be a highlight! Boardwalk is very pleasant with educational placards along the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018

We visited the visitors center which is very well done. We weren't able to view much of the refuge as there had been flooding due to some unknown runoff and roads were not passable.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Cherie Cross F
Reviewed October 1, 2018

We gave driven past this location many times, and fortunately took time to stop recently. Real well prepared displays and information. A walk into the area around the pond was well worth the little amount of time we took. Really encourage others to stop and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 989emmettm
Reviewed August 28, 2018

stopped in as saw from highway. went into visitors center and were like ghosts to staff. decided to walk out to viewing areas, but found virtually nothing going on, so seemed like we wasted an hour.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

My husband and I walked around the area and thought it was very nice and educational. It's a great stop especially for kids.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BBDoll619
Reviewed June 18, 2018

If you need a break from the beaches and want to do something more educational, or you are in the area and have a half hour or so to kill, then by all means stop. You'll learn a bit about the various birds from all...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank drsusanc
Reviewed June 15, 2018

A long boardwalk through the refuge gives great views of the native habitat and several species of endangered bird species. Very limited parking.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank BearForceOne
Reviewed May 22, 2018

At our visit the second week of May, the only thing we saw at the ponds were cattle egrets flying overhead and some Hawaiian stilts; there weren't many walking trails. The Kealia Ponds boardwalk along the ocean front offered more interest in a lot of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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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.