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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Kihei

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is a coastal salt marsh along the south-central coast of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The refuge is located between the towns of Kīhei and Māʻalaea, on both sides of North Kihei Road, Route 31. The wetland is also a 691-acre (2.80 km2) bird sanctuary, home to 30 species of waterfowl, shorebirds, and migratory ducks, including the ʻaukuʻu (black-crowned night heron, Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli) and the endangered āeʻo (Hawaiian stilt, Himantopus mexicanus knudseni) and ʻalae kea (Hawaiian coot, Fulica alai). Kealia Pond was selected as a wildlife refuge in 1953, protecting an initial 300 acres (1.2 km2) of land. The refuge joined the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1992.
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  • We went here one morning for a nice walk. It is a nice board walk with lots of birds/ducks around. Tons of dragon flies at teh end of it too. So pretty and tranquil. Nice way to spend an hour  more »
  • First, we visited the Kanuimanu Ponds. The visitor center was closed, so we started walking to the ponds only to realize you can drive there. We saw many birds, mostly ‘Auku‘u (Black-crowned night.....  more »
  • Volunteer at desk was an advocate for feral cats- not sure why you’d have someone like that at a wildlife refuge given cats kill over 2 billion birds a year in the US (and there’s a display in the refuge visitor center educating about feral cat ecological impacts). Low diversity but high species abundance when we visited (fun to see white-faced ibises too though). Definitely recommend the boardwalk off the beach for whale sightings- saw three humpback whale breaches.
  • Good place to view Hawaiian Stilt, Night Heron,Sandpiper, Hawaiian Coot and Sanderling. I would,however, suggest going to Hosmer's grove to se the I'iwi.

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