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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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

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Prepare for mud

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 5 days ago
Jeanne J
Bellevue, Washington, USA
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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

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Bellevue, Washington, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

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Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Cranbrook, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We enjoyed an evening stroll on the elevated boardwalk over the wetlands where interpretive plaques indicate what birds to watch for. There are several exits off the boardwalk, where you can continue onto ocean side – go for swim or just continue walking along the sandy beach. The walkway is located on the edge of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge... More 

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This reserve is divided into 2 sections, the 1st is the visitor center section (closed Saturday/Sunday). The second is the boardwalk that is open until 7PM each day. This boardwalk is about 1 mile in length round-trip with access to Sugar Beach. Nice walk to learn about the wetlands in South Central Maui.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

It is just off the main road in a low lying area between the north and the south and provides a different perspective of the coastline. There were good views and a board walk and obviously a place for bird watchers. The coast south of Wailea and Lahaina is more interesting

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