Walking Kealia Pond, Wildlife Refuge

Returning from Lahaina on Hwy 310 we decided to make a late afternoon stop at Keālia Pond. A boardwalk goes over the pond and wetland behind the beach.

Kealia gazebo

The Hawaiian stilt and coot inhabit the pond. We did see some stilts. Other birds visit in migration.

Kealia Pond

It was so very windy, the phone almost got blown from my hands, so sorry no bird pictures but I hope you can see what a beautiful place it is to walk or fly by. At several spots it is open to the beach, where one could walk more.

Kealia to beach

The boardwalk is less than a mile walk out and back.

Kealia boardwalk

This was the first of several creek flows we saw during the week that weren’t quite making it to the ocean.

Kealia outflow

Nearby off of Hwy 311, is another spot to access the wildlife area. Unfortunately, when we were there in late February the Visitor Center is closed. Map.

Near the airport on the northern side of Maui is Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary with a viewing platform.

Aloha and Mahalo, Lynn

Words and pictures by Lynn Millar, available on request.

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