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Address: Kailua, Oahu, HI
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A Game Preserve Of The Old Order

Outside Kailua visitors will find an expanse of open country different from most in Hawaii. There never were many wetlands in the islands thanks to the vertical topography... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 2, 2016
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a nice short walk and if you are staying or living in the area certainly a good place to visit. I took the bus from Honolulu and spent more time on transit than being there. It's not meant to be a tourist attraction but rather a project to protect nature and wildlife, pls keep that in mind if you... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Kawainui Marsh is a wetlands area with a dyke road running from Kailua Road to a small parking area at the end of Kaha Street in Kailua. It offers a beautiful view of the Ko'olau mountains and is especially nice early in the morning when the sun is rising, showing off the deep crevices in the mountains. The path is... More 

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Maui
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Outside Kailua visitors will find an expanse of open country different from most in Hawaii. There never were many wetlands in the islands thanks to the vertical topography. Wetlands are nature's nursery where babies are born and the food chain begins. That describes this waterfowl wonderland to a tee. Remember, this is a breeding ground for many endangered species. Bird... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

Go early in the morning; go towards sundown. The colors of the mountains and the marsh change constantly; the variety of birds and other fauna enjoying the surroundings is never ending. The marsh is populated by lovely cattails and greenery of all kinds, much of it native to Hawaii. It's an easy walk but it's good exercise. It takes almost... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

There is a walkway along the marsh which is a pleasant stroll to view the marsh. It gets hot so go early in morning or late afternoon. No parking-have to park in Kailua town and walk along highway to get to entrance.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

It is now a gorgeous, protected area, when I was small keiki was where we'd go to fish and hunt mongoose. It's even more beautiful now, especially in the late afternoon or early morning

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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Kailua, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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