Last updated: March 7, 2011
Visiting Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge is open to the public for wildlife and wildland observation Mondays to Fridays (excluding Federal holidays), 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
More than 6,000 people visit the refuge each year to engage in various wildlife-oriented activities, including bird watching, photography, environmental education and interpretation, habitat restoration projects to remove invasive species, and outplanting with Hawai‘i’s native vegetation.
The refuge biologist conducts bird censuses one to two times per month (usually the 1st and 3rd Thursdays). On these days, walking trails do not open until after 9:00 a.m. In addition, areas may be closed for access during Hawaiian coot and Hawaiian stilt nesting seasons to eliminate human disturbances.
The best time to visit is in the morning, when the sun and wind are not as strong. Shaded areas are very limited on the refuge so we recommend you come prepared with sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and water.