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“Go early”

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #11 of 70 things to do in Kihei
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

It's an unusual location, kind of always on the way to somewhere. Get there crazy early to see the best birds

1  Thank Matt D
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Nice facilities and helpful volunteer. Bring your binoculars; the birds are skittish and not that close.

Thank Diana R
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Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

The ponds were converted from agricultural use to a refuge for the endangered stilt and coot. But lots of other birds use, especially when migrating. The ponds are much drier in the fall, but there were still plenty of birds. But you should also walk the boardwalk beside the ocean. Great view on the west Maui mountains, and you can walk back on the beautiful sand beach of the bay.

1  Thank Maureen P
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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.

2  Thank Patrick R
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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.

7  Thank honu-lover
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