The refuge is closed to the public

Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge is closed to the public to protect threatened and endangered birds. 

In order to protect the endangered species that live in Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge, it is closed to the public but can be viewed at an overlook maintained by the State of Hawai‘i at the historic Menehune Fish Pond which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Refuge is located in a valley along the Hulē‘ia River bordered by steep wooded hillsides. This land historically was used for wetland agriculture including taro and rice but is managed today as a refuge for wildlife. Thirty-one species of birds, including endangered ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt, Himantopus mexicanus knudseni), ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian coot, Fulica alai), ‘alae‘ula (Hawaiian moorhen, Gallinula galeata sandvicensis), endangered koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck, Anas wyvilliana), and threatened nēnē (Hawaiian goose, Branta sandvicensis).

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