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Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Maui, Hawai'i

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Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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  • Keālia Pond's beautiful entrance sign.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • There are interpretive displays at the main entrance near the visitor center.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • The refuge encompasses large tracts of marsh land.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • A 2,200-foot boardwalk is the highlight of the wildlife refuge.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • Coastal trees brave the wind and salty air near the ocean.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • The beautiful boardwalk is accessible to all visitors.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • From the boardwalk you can see Maui's rugged mountains.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • Throughout the year, visitors can watch for native birds tucked away in the marsh.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • The ocean is just a stone's throw from the boardwalk.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • Several sandy paths lead from the boardwalk to the shoreline.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • A bridge crosses one of the outlets from the marsh to the sea.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • You never know what you're going to find on the beach.- Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Excellent birdwatching.
Cons: 
Traffic noise from nearby roads.
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Alerts: 
The visitor center is temporarily closed. Call the refuge at 808.875.1582 or check the website for the latest update.
Region:
Maui, HI
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge preserves important habitat for endangered wetland birds and overwintering migratory birds. The Hawaiian coot and the Hawaiian stilt, two native endangered birds, make their homes here. But the refuge is also a safe haven for hawksbill sea turtles, another endangered species. 

Visitors to the refuge can enjoy seeing wildlife up close from two public access points. The visitor center, located off HI-311, has interpretive displays and a network of dirt paths surrounding Kanuimanu Ponds. At the other end of the complex, visitors can walk along the Keālia Coastal Boardwalk from a parking area on HI-310. The boardwalk follows a narrow beach that separates the ocean from a lowland marsh. A shady viewing platform at the end of the boardwalk provides a nice spot to relax and look for birds. Several side paths from the boardwalk may be passable to make a loop of your walk by returning by way of the ocean beach.

Plan ahead by checking the website for up-to-date closure information. Trails are closed seasonally to protect nesting birds. The visitor center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm. The boardwalk is open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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