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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
+1 808-875-1582
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If You Love Birds

Kealia Pond is affected by the tides. There is a very nice Visitor's Center with well thought out... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Amy W
Tucson, Arizona
Its For The Birds!

If you are a birder, this is a worthwhile chance to view Hawaiian birds that gather around pond... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice walk” (19 reviews)
“bird watching” (15 reviews)
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Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
+1 808-875-1582
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Kealia Pond is affected by the tides. There is a very nice Visitor's Center with well thought out displays- many of which are interactive. the NWR is there primarily to provide a space for the endemic Hawaiian Coot and the Hawaiian Black-necked stilt. A variety...More

Thank Amy W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are a birder, this is a worthwhile chance to view Hawaiian birds that gather around pond environments as well as migrating birds. It is conveniently located just north of Kihei, and is very easy to access. There is also a strip of land...More

Thank Minnesnowtin
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped at the Kealia Pond on the way home from a tour of the West Island. It was an awesome place for bird watching and watching the sunset over the mountain.

Thank Vanski
Reviewed 11 November 2017

This is an easy to find refuge where you can walk along a boardwalk and take in the scenery from every angle. The only downside is the refuge runs right along the road so the ambiance is interrupted a bit by the traffic. But the...More

Thank Lydia G
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This wetland area just north of Kihei is home to a number of native Hawaiian birds, as well as wintering spot for many others. Instead of going to the main site at Mokulele, we enjoyed a lovely afternoon stroll on their beautiful half-mile long boardwalk,...More

Thank KurtAndWendy
Reviewed 5 November 2017

self guided tour. very clean, it tells you all about the refuge. Easy to find right along the highway.

Thank brink111
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Okay so this is not the best time to see certain wildlife, but we just lucked into arriving at the opening of the center. For two years it has been closed. The greeting to us expressed the staff’s and volunteer’s excitement of being back in...More

Thank Mari Anne H
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We stopped here with our two toddlers before we had to head out to the airport for our flight home. This place was great for a walk, and the kids loved looking for different animals and bugs. There were some pretty large spiders. The kids...More

Thank KidventuresTV
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We visited Kealia Pond around 7:30a. The area had been flooded so the parking lot was closed, but we quickly found parking on the side of the road. There were only 3 other people there. The boardwalk is easily walkable and the views of the...More

Thank GoWaves
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Saw endangered and endemic black-necked stilts (Ae 'O's) and Hawaiian Coots as well as Cattle Egrets, Herons and a variety of shore birds. Backs on to a beach that looks interesting, so parking can be a challenge (only had time to visit last day before...More

Thank TonyinCalgary
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17 November 2016|
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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.