Welcome to Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Birding is excellent from the coastal boardwalk and the refuge’s headquarters off Mokulele Hwy (Hwy 311) at the 6-mile marker, where there’s a small, child-friendly visitors center. In both places you’re almost certain to spot wading aeʻo (Hawaiian black-necked stilts) and Hawaiian coots, two endangered species that thrive here. In winter ospreys can sometimes be seen diving for fish. The coastal marsh and dunes nestling Kealia Pond are also a nesting site for the endangered hawksbill sea turtle.