Two fuzzy Hawaiian stilt chicks together in a bare dirt nest next to an unhatched stilt egg on Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge.
Kanuimanu Pond Trails closed for Hawaiian stilt nesting

Our stilts are laying eggs in the nests they have built along the berms of the Kanuimanu Ponds. To reduce disturbance for them at this critical time, we are closing the trails around the ponds located at the Visitor Center until mid August. The Educational shelter is still open and you can still view the ponds from there and along the Coastal Boardwalk. Come by and you may catch a glimpse of the chicks as they grow over the next months.

Aloha and welcome to Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge! Part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Keālia is a sanctuary for many species that are native and endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.

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The seasonal conditions that occur at Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge make it a notable place for people to observe Hawai‘i's endangered wetland birds, along with a diversity of feathered visitors from as far away as Alaska and Canada, and occasionally from Asia.

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      About Us

      Keālia Pond NWR is a hidden wetland treasure transitioning the urban development and agriculture fields.  Here, endangered Hawaiian waterbirds are protected and go about their daily activities, and are joined by migratory birds in winter.  Quiet solitude for those that wander and explore the wetlands.  

      The protected wetland is home to the endangered ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt) and ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian coot), providing nesting, feeding and resting habitat. In the winter months there are over 30 species of waterfowl, shorebirds, and migratory ducks at the refuge. 

      What We Do

      The National Wildlife Refuge System is a series of lands and waters owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the refuge system. It drives everything we do from the purpose a refuge is established, to the recreational activities offered there, to the resource management tools we use. Selecting the right tools helps us ensure the survival of local plants and animals and helps fulfill the purpose of the refuge.