Kanuimanu is translated as “a group of birds” in Hawaiian – you will understand this interpretation when you walk around the ponds.
‘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 ae‘o
Ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt) eggs and chicks are well camouflaged – a tactic for survival against predators.
Explore the wetlands and its feathered critters with an introduction in the new exhibit hall. Learn about the endangered wetland birds in your neighborhood refuge!
About the Complex
The other refuge in the Maui Complex is Kakahai‘a National Wildlife Refuge on the island of Moloka‘i.
Keālia Pond is managed as part of the Maui National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
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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Keālia Coastal Boardwalk
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. Tips for Responsible Drone Use
If you're looking forward to a day trip to Keālia Pond NWR, the 'Plan Your Visit' section of our website now features PDF brochures filled with valuable information.
Please visit the link below.Plan Your Visit
This 2,200-foot boardwalk and kiosk with self-guided interpretive exhibits provides visitors an opportunity to learn about the many native and visiting birds that visit the wetlands. Two of Hawai‘i's endangered waterbirds, the Hawaiian coot and Hawaiian stilt, can be seen here. Across the highway, you can see Keālia Pond NWR where waterfowl from Asia and North America come for food and rest and warmer climate.
Most distinguishable by its long down-curved bill. As many as 4 individuals have been observed at the refuge during summer, possibly not migrating to their mainland breeding sites.
Page Photo Credits © Michael Walther
Last Updated: Feb 06, 2017