• Kanuimanu Ponds

    Kanuimanu Ponds

    Kanuimanu is translated as “a group of birds” in Hawaiian – you will understand this interpretation when you walk around the ponds.

  • Newly hatched Hawaiian coot chick

    ‘Alae ke‘oke‘o nest with chick and eggs

    The ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian coot) nests amongst the vegetation in winter months when water is high.

  • Newly hatched Hawaiian stilt chick

    Newly hatched ae‘o

    Ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt) eggs and chicks are well camouflaged – a tactic for survival against predators.

Keālia Coastal Boardwalk

First Saturdays at Kealia Pond: January 6, February 3, March 3, 2018

Kealia Pond NWR and Visitor Center will be open the first Saturday of the month during January, February, and March 2018. This family-friendly event features a 10 a.m. guided wetland walk, wildlife viewing opportunities, and crafts for the keiki. Hours are from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m and Admission is free. The refuge and visitor center is located at Milepost 6 on Mokulele Highway (Maui Veterans Highway) in Kihei. Kealia Pond is host to over 30 species of birds, including the endangered Hawaiian stilt and Hawaiian coot and migratory waterfowl. The refuge has walking trails and a coastal boardwalk in Maui’s largest wetland area. Established in 1992, the wildlife refuge covers over 700 acres between Kihei and Maalaea.

Guided Bird Walks at Kealia Pond: Tuesdays at 9am

Every Tuesday in January, February and March 2018, a Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge naturalist will offer an hour-long guided bird walk at 9 a.m.. Meet at the Kealia Pond Visitor Center located at Milepost 6 on Mokulele Highway (Maui Veterans Highway) in Kihei. It’s a great time to learn more about the refuge and the migratory and native birds. Please join us! Admission is free and visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, and sturdy walking shoes.

Volunteers Needed

Recruiting new volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering as a visitor center docent, roving interpretive docent or habitat management volunteer, email Courtney Brown, Visitor Services Manager (courtney_brown@fws.gov) or call 875-1582.

Use of Drones is Illegal on Refuges

Areas considered ecologically sensitive—including lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System, host to threatened or even endangered species—can be disproportionately affected by drone flights. Thus it is illegal to operate unmanned aircraft on Refuge property without special permits. In addition, if a drone operator stands beyond Refuge boundaries and flies the vehicle over the Refuge, fines can be levied if the drone is observed disturbing wildlife.

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Visitor Center is open!

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Visitor center hours are Monday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., closed on federal holidays. The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk is open seven days a week from sunrise until 7 p.m, including federal holidays. For more information contact Courtney Brown at courtney_brown@fws.gov or (808) 875-1582.

About the Complex

Maui National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Maui National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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