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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

#12 of 59 things to do in Kihei Features Animals
Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
+1 808-875-1582
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Birds and a beach to ourselves

My wife and I stopped for a short break at the Kealia Coastal Boardwalk after spending over an hour... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Dwayne V
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Hard to access, Magnificent Boardwalk.

Plan on doing a drive by so you know exactly where the parking lot entrance is located. There is no... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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“nice walk” (18 reviews)
“bird watching” (13 reviews)
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Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
+1 808-875-1582
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped for a short break at the Kealia Coastal Boardwalk after spending over an hour on the road in some of the worst traffic we have seen in HI. We walked the full length of the boardwalk and saw some amazing...More

Thank Dwayne V
Reviewed 5 days ago

Plan on doing a drive by so you know exactly where the parking lot entrance is located. There is no left turn so you can't get to the parking lot coming out of Kihei without turning around. The entrance to the parking lot isn't clearly...More

Thank andesalive
Reviewed 26 June 2017

We were bumped from our AM flight so we hit some places we had not been to yet. Walked the elevated walkway and read about the wetlands eco system. It was very cool and we got some night photos of native birds. Relaxing walk next...More

Thank Ed L
Reviewed 22 June 2017

I went here early one morning to look for Hawaiian birds and was not disappointed. I encountered a few now endangered Hawaiian stilt birds feeding and got some wonderful photographs with their reflections. The best time for bird viewing is in the early morning when...More

Thank JJ G
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This refuge is right beside the highway and gives you a chance to see native habitat and native animals. It is interesting to see how the native land looks next to everything being built up. The long bridge is a nice feature as you can...More

Thank Brandon K
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Stopped at Kealia Pond during my tour with Explore Maui Nature. Although much of it was closed off near the visitor center, we still saw some interesting birds such as Black-necked Stilts, Hawaiian Coots, Night-herons, and a couple others, although not too many birds around....More

Thank Drew B
Reviewed 10 May 2017

We visited about 10:00 am 9 May. There was not much wildlife to be seen. Perhaps at another time of day or year the opportunities are better. Nice walk though. The boardwalk is well constructed. A washroom would be a nice addition. Also did some...More

1  Thank Dave1xyz
Reviewed 28 April 2017

The Walkway along the Pond and the beach takes about 10 minutes if you're in a hurry…it could take much longer than that if you look for the wildlife described in the exhibits along the way and take a detour to Sugar Beach. Maps indicate...More

1  Thank glitterix
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Located on 310 between mile 1 & 2, the refuge can only be entered from the Lahaina direction; just drive past it and turn around. There aren't a lot of parking spaces here but not too many people stop here so we had no problem...More

1  Thank Martin M
Reviewed 19 March 2017

When you think you have seen and done it all, spend a quiet hour walking the boardwalk through this wildlife reserve. Sometimes quite windy. Kids might see a turtle, although we did not.

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18 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.