Every Tuesday in November, there will be a guided bird walk starting at 9 a.m. at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, located at Milepost 6 on Mokulele Highway in Kihei. Admission is free and visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, and sturdy walking shoes.
Kealia Pond is host to some 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.
Starting in January 2018 and going through April 2018, the refuge will host SATURDAYS AT THE POND on the first Saturday of each month. Hours will be from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature guided birds walks, interpretive talks, educational presentations and hands-on crafts for the keiki.
Refuge hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Visitor center hours are Monday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. – 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.