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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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

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Stop and Take the Boardwalk

The Walkway along the Pond and the beach takes about 10 minutes if you're in a hurry…it could take much longer than that if you look for the wildlife described in the exhibits... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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honolulu
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Walkway along the Pond and the beach takes about 10 minutes if you're in a hurry…it could take much longer than that if you look for the wildlife described in the exhibits along the way and take a detour to Sugar Beach. Maps indicate spots where turtles might be found resting in the evening or whale-watching during the day.... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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172 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Located on 310 between mile 1 & 2, the refuge can only be entered from the Lahaina direction; just drive past it and turn around. There aren't a lot of parking spaces here but not too many people stop here so we had no problem the several times we came to walk this lovely spot; that also means there aren't... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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345 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

When you think you have seen and done it all, spend a quiet hour walking the boardwalk through this wildlife reserve. Sometimes quite windy. Kids might see a turtle, although we did not.

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Redding, California
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239 reviews
163 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Very peaceful. No crowd. Good place to stretch your legs and watch a few birds. Walk was muddy so don't wear good shoes. binoculars or good zoom on your camera is helpful

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Eagle River, Alaska
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Cool place to checkout birds and just walk the beach. Check out the tidepools for sure. Not snokle friendly to rocky.

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Victoria, Canada
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261 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We had visited the wildlife refuge in September and again in February. What a change with more water comes more birds. It is an easy walk along the boardwalk and the information provided adds to the enjoyment of the walk. It doesn't take a long time to appreciate another environment besides the beautiful beaches of Maui. This place is well... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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201 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

There is only one way in to the small parking area. Coming from the Lahaina side it is one way in (if you're coming from Kihei side there's no left turn). But it's worth the little bit of trouble to go there. Take the nice long boardwalk, relax and enjoy the view and read the information on the railing. Then,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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197 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

When the gate is open you can drive and park near the ponds. Probably best to go at sunrise or sunset while birds may come back for the night.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This refuge is easy to reach between Lahaina and Kihei. An elevated walk over the ponds gives a vantage point to see some migratory birds and the local resident birds in a natural setting. access points to the beach are located at several points along the walk. parking is also easy.

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Oakdale, California, United States
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53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

If only to enjoy a pristine beach. The history of this place is rooted in war time. I understand it was once a landing craft training beach head. Soldiers attacked the sandy beach training for eventual landings in places like Okinawa and the Philippines. Now it's a bird sanctuary and looks to me like its struggling as a wetland. At... More 

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