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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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Open Now: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Government shut down

While this place was closed for the shut down while we were there (visitor center), we were still... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tom S
Lewistown, Montana
Vital refuge, great birds

It's easy for visitors to Maui to drive right by the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge if... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2019
Bill V
Medford, Oregon
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“visitor center”(18 reviews)
“bird watching”(17 reviews)
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Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This provides a nice break, to walk along a boardwalk (~1 mile) and look out at ponds and shore growth for animals and mostly birds. The signage helps with interpreting what you see. Although the highway runs through it, the walkway is quiet, and free.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tak309
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice little Headquarters for the area's Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Cool exhibits, especially for kids. Ranger on duty to answer questions and he was friendly and engaging. Very nice facility for study and research. Nature walk when able to cross small ravines on the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mark S
Reviewed 1 week ago

While this place was closed for the shut down while we were there (visitor center), we were still able to access the boardwalks in the brackish water areas near the ocean. Lots of shore birds and sea birds for those who are admirers.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tom S
Reviewed 13 January 2019

I would have driven right past here if our tour guide hadn't suggested a visit after out tour. The water level was low when I visited, and there were over 20 black-crowned night herons, as well as Hawaiian stilts, Hawaiian ducks and coots in attendance....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank wildthingruth
Reviewed 1 January 2019

It's easy for visitors to Maui to drive right by the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge if they're not looking for it. This 700-acre gem lies between Ma'alaea Bay and the Mokulele Highway on the west side of Maui. Most people will probably encounter it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bill V
Reviewed 11 November 2018

If you are a birder stop here to see the native Hawaii coot and the stilts! There are often other species as well migrating through or just staying around but these two will be a highlight! Boardwalk is very pleasant with educational placards along the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank LaurettaYoung
Reviewed 27 October 2018

We visited the visitors center which is very well done. We weren't able to view much of the refuge as there had been flooding due to some unknown runoff and roads were not passable.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Cherie Cross F
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We gave driven past this location many times, and fortunately took time to stop recently. Real well prepared displays and information. A walk into the area around the pond was well worth the little amount of time we took. Really encourage others to stop and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 989emmettm
Reviewed 29 August 2018

stopped in as saw from highway. went into visitors center and were like ghosts to staff. decided to walk out to viewing areas, but found virtually nothing going on, so seemed like we wasted an hour.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DRRVentura
Reviewed 12 July 2018

My husband and I walked around the area and thought it was very nice and educational. It's a great stop especially for kids.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.