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Keālia Pond NWR provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. 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.

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Keālia Pond NWR Information
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The refuge Visitor Center and wildlife viewing areas are currently closed to the public. Please check for updates about when we will be reopening.

The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk remains open to the public from 6 am to 7 pm every day of the week, including federal holidays.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following federal, state, and local public health authority guidance to implement a phased approach to increase public access to Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Based on this guidance and in accordance with the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is beginning to safely increase access.

As of June 12, 2021, access to the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is as follows:

Open
Kealia Coastal Boardwalk open from 6am-7pm daily, including federal holidays. The Boardwalk is located on North Kihei Highway between the towns of Kihei and Maalaea and there is a parking lot to accommodate visitors. Dogs are not permitted due to nesting Hawaiian birds and protection of wetland habitat.

Closed
Kealia Pond NWR Visitor Center, Headquarters' facility and offices, public restrooms. Due to protection of nesting Hawaiian stilts in the main refuge wildlife viewing areas the refuge remains closed at this time and will reopen after nesting season.

We ask that you follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. Additionally, in following the new state guidelines, when our buildings do reopen masks will need to be worn indoors. Staff are working to maintain clean, safe, and healthy facilities in accordance with federal, state and local guidance.

Please visit this site for updates. We look forward to seeing you soon!

CDC Guidance for Recreating in Outdoor Spaces

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Response to COVID19

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service