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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
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Mon - Thu 07:30 - 16:00

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Nice walk by the sea

This refuge is easy to reach between Lahaina and Kihei. An elevated walk over the ponds gives a vantage point to see some migratory birds and the local resident birds in a natural... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Pat436
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When the gate is open you can drive and park near the ponds. Probably best to go at sunrise or sunset while birds may come back for the night.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This refuge is easy to reach between Lahaina and Kihei. An elevated walk over the ponds gives a vantage point to see some migratory birds and the local resident birds in a natural setting. access points to the beach are located at several points along the walk. parking is also easy.

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Oakdale, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If only to enjoy a pristine beach. The history of this place is rooted in war time. I understand it was once a landing craft training beach head. Soldiers attacked the sandy beach training for eventual landings in places like Okinawa and the Philippines. Now it's a bird sanctuary and looks to me like its struggling as a wetland. At... More 

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Pocatello
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a nice parking lot and Visitor center at this location, although our last visit the center was closed for repairs. Most birds will be seen as you walk the paths and what you will see often depends on time of year and just luck. Be sure to take your camera and binoculars. The great part of this attraction... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Free, beautiful Boardwalk. Saw quite a few birds and then headed to the adjacent beach to watch the kite surfers. Great spot for a stop.....beautiful walk, and swim! Sign saws a sea turtle nesting area on the far south beach.

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Hayden, Idaho, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we really enjoyed the walk and all the informative stops along the way. you can tell that there was alot of work done here to bring the wetlands back into shape and we hope it continues for many years to come.brautiful area

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a wonderful boardwalk minuets North of Kihei. It is built beside a wetland bird sanctuary, separated from a beach by a sand mound and row of trees. Walk the boardwalk and read the information about the inhabitant birds of the marsh refuge that is posted along the way. Bring your camera and extra water if your here on... More 

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Albany, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice, fairly short walk to see various wetland birds. It is well done, though it is too bad it shares a boundary with the highway. We saw all the birds that were mentioned on the signage.

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful boardwalk across internationally important marshy areas with endangered bird species very evident. There is insufficient parking but you can use the shoulder of the road running east from the parking lot. It would really help if there were just a little bit of information on the main birds. There are displays but they are artistic rather photographic and tell... More 

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Huntsville, AL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Killing time until our PM flight, found the main park to be closed at 1700, but the boardwalk was open for a final sunset and beach walk. Nothing fancy, just nature

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