Kealia Pond to Host Saturday Activities

Kealia Pond guided bird walk. Photo credit: Bruce Butler.

On Saturday, November 17 Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge will feature the following special activities:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Invasive plant pull and native outplanting
  • 10 a.m.: Guided bird walk
  • 12 p.m.: Hawaiian Hoary Bat presentation; Pollinator Crown craft for keiki, interpretive displays at the visitor center; wildlife viewing walking paths and native pollinator garden.

The refuge will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kealia Pond will be open the third Saturday during the months of November 2018 through March 2019 with family friendly activities.

Kealia Pond is located at Milepost 6 on Maui Veterans Highway in Kihei.

Guided Bird Walks at Kealia Pond happen every Tuesday during the months of November 2018 through March 2019 at 9 a.m. It’s a great time to learn more about the refuge and the migratory and native birds. Admission is free
and visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, and sturdy walking shoes. Bird walks may be canceled if
the water levels are high and prohibit safe access to the wildlife viewing ponds at the refuge. Please call the refuge
if you would like to confirm at (808)875-1582.

Kealia Pond is host to over 30 species of birds, including migratory waterfowl and the endangered Hawaiian stilt and coot. The refuge has walking trails and a coastal boardwalk located in Maui’s largest lowland wetland.

Established in 1992, the wildlife refuge covers over 700 acres between Kihei and Maalaea. Refuge hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Visitor center hours are Monday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed on federal holidays. The boardwalk is open seven days a week from sunrise until 7 p.m, including federal holidays.

For more information contact Courtney Brown at [email protected] or (808) 875-1582.

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