The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Visitor Center, located at Milepost 6 on the Mokulele Highway in Kihei, will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10.
The Visitor Center and Refuge offer Maui residents and visitors the opportunity to explore interactive exhibits, hands-on activities for keiki, and wildlife viewing areas where some 30 species of birds, including migratory ducks and the endangered Hawaiian stilts and coots, can be seen in their natural habitat.
To celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 8-14), the Refuge will offer guided bird walks on Oct. 10-13; meet at the Kealia Pond Visitor Center at 9 a.m.
Kealia Pond NWR is Maui’s largest lowland wetland and features walking trails in addition to the Kealia Coastal Boardwalk, open seven days a week from sunrise until 7 p.m. and located on North Kihei Road between Kihei and Maalaea.
Whether experienced birders or simply lovers of nature, visitors will see a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds that live in or migrate through the refuge. For those who want to walk the trails, remember to bring binoculars, water, and comfortable walking shoes. Admission is free.
Visitor Center hours will be: Monday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., closed on federal holidays. For more information contact Courtney Brown at [email protected] or (808) 875-1582.