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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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Kailua, Hawaii
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182 reviews
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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 

Thank luvcruzin2
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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.

Thank Chart103
Kailua, Hawaii
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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

Thank Sakadays
Kailua, Hawaii
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118 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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.

Thank DougCorrea
Kailua, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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.

Thank Kuukama
Kailua, Hawaii
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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 

Thank Kamaaina96734
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68 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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!!

1 Thank Carolyn K
Kaneohe, Hawaii
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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....

2 Thank Patrick L

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