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Huleia National Wildlife Refuge, Lihue

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Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
The Hulēʻia National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi. It is adjacent to the Menehune Fish Pond, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, on the southeast side of the island. The Hulēʻia Refuge is approximately 241 acres (98 ha) of bottomlands and wooded slopes along the Hulēʻia River. It was established in 1973 to provide open, productive wetlands as nesting and feeding habitat for endangered Hawaiian waterbirds, including the āeʻo (Hawaiian stilt, Himantopus mexicanus knudseni), ʻalae kea (Hawaiian coot, Fulica alai), ʻalae ʻula (Hawaiian gallinule, Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis), and koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck, Anas wyvilliana) can be found here.
To protect and minimize disturbance to the sensitive endangered species that live there, the refuge is closed to all public access. However, shoreline access is provided just to the east at Niumalu Beach Park.
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  • This is a wonderful place to visit but I highly recommend you take a helicopter tour as there are only two roads and so much you can't see by only driving. Take hikes to see all the beauty.  more »
  • We were fortunate to visit the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge which started on Kayaks from the Nawiliwili Harbour. We paddled the Huleia River about 4 kilometers, taking about an hour. Then we were.....  more »
  • Open one day per year (due to government funding). Open during National Wildlife Refuge Week. Spectacular beauty and great work at restoration and support for native birds. Gorgeous!

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