Keālia Pond Na­tional Wildlife Refuge

Where Maui - - Editor's Itinerary -

ONE OF THE FEW NAT­U­RAL wet­lands re­main­ing in the Is­lands, the 713-acre Keālia, along the south-cen­tral coast of Maui, is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and per­fect for view­ing di­verse flocks of feathered visi­tors from as far away as Alaska, Canada and oc­ca­sion­ally even Asia. Among them are the Hawai­ian coot (‘alae ke‘oke‘o), en­dan­gered black-necked Hawai­ian stilt (kuku­luāe‘o), ruddy turn­stone (‘akekeke), Pa­cific golden plover (kōlea), sander­ling (hu­nakai) and other shore­birds, wa­ter­fowl and mi­gra­tory birds. From Au­gust to April, hun­dreds of birds gather among the ponds and shore­line wet­land ar­eas. With its small gazebo, in­for­ma­tive signs and ocean­front location, the board­walk is per­fect for a late-af­ter­noon stroll. Visi­tors can go di­rectly to the board­walk from North Kīhei Road or sign in at the of­fice on Mokulele High­way and ex­plore the ponds on their own. Upon re­quest, if there’s time, staff mem­bers may of­fer an in­tro­duc­tory tour. Of­fice, Mokulele Hwy., at mile 6, 808.875.1582, fws.gov/keali­apond

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