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“Guess we were in the wring season...”

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #12 of 58 things to do in Kihei
Certificate of Excellence
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Montreal, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
211 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Guess we were in the wring season...”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Boring, boring, boring...

My girlfriend wanted to go there and see the birds they were describing on their site. We saw 3 birds, dried out ponds, a nice wooden walk way and...around 40 airplanes landing at the airport close by...

But, to the site's defense, we may have been there in the wrong time. Takes about 30 minutes to walk all the way down and back to the car. The beach close by is very nice on the other hand.

Site, that needs to be update, should give indication about best times to visit. It would help.

Visited October 2012
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Kihei, Hawaii
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“It's for the birds! Thousand of birds!”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

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.

Visited July 2012
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