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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
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+1 808-875-1582
07:30 - 16:00
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Mon - Thu 07:30 - 16:00

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The nformation center was closed so we drove the third of a mile back to the observation area. The ponds were busy with dtilts and coots fishing. There are paths around the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 December 2016
Jeanne J
Bellevue, Washington, USA
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Randolph, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not many birds. Doesn't take long to complete, so not a large amount of time "wasted." Overall, we didn't feel it was worth the hour or so we spent there.

Thank jalt0629
Kihei, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thought it was just okay. The day we went we didn't see many birds. so we were disappointed. We have seen a lot more birds just driving around

Thank nchandler6562016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This is a wonderful wildlife refuge along a beautiful beach. I enjoyed the quiet of the walkway where I saw green heron, stilts, and other birds and wildlife. Informative message boards let you learn about what you are seeing.

Thank Nancy G
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

How wonderful that Maui has preserved this site for the Black Necked stilt, the Hawaiian coot and the black-crowned night-heron. It is an easy walk along an elevated boardwalk. Parking spaces are limited but you can park along the road side. It is free of charge and a great way to spend an hour admiring these beautiful birds.

Thank Rebecca N
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We went to the boardwalk on Kihei Road South. It is great, Unfortunately, the main park has restricted hours (+ closed on weekends!) and it was muddy when we were there so we cut that short

Thank Michael S
Bellevue, Washington, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

The nformation center was closed so we drove the third of a mile back to the observation area. The ponds were busy with dtilts and coots fishing. There are paths around the ponds which looked walkable but we sank into slick and sticky black mud. There was a boot brush there which was full of mud already so this appeared... More 

Thank Jeanne J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I stopped here on the way to Kihei in July. It is one of the few things to do in this area of the island besides beaches and boats. It's a nice place to see a different landscape. The boardwalk is well made and well maintained. The swaps are full of small fish. I appreciated the nature walk. And it's... More 

Thank lmcq11
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This is an easy bird watching walk on any day. There are several species of protected birds here and they seem to not mind being watched. We spoke to the naturalist once and picked up a few handouts that explained the habitat and birds. Great family activity

Thank JoAnn V
Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Visiting in mid-November, we had to assume that many birds hadn't yet arrived from the cold climates. We saw a blue heron, some coots and a few wading birds. It wasn't the cacaphony of chirps, tweets and squawks that we imagined. Still it was a pleasant stroll.

Thank bullbarley
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We were looking for something to do that didn't require a lot of time since our flight was leaving later that day. We decided to stop at the Kealia Pond Wildlfe Refuge. Although the refuge itself was very pretty, there were hardly any birds to see so it was actually somewhat boring. It does sit near a very pretty beach... More 

Thank brileyTN

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