Kealia Pond Bird Sanctuary

The 22nd was my birthday, so I took a day off from work and from my sewing and just devoted the day to ME. I took a drive to Ma’alaea Harbor just to see the boats, the ocean and to see if any whales were visible…they weren’t. On the way back into town, I took the wrong turn and instead of heading to Kahului, I found myself heading for Kihei. I didn’t even realize this until a saw the boardwalk through the Kealia Ponds. I had this point of interest on my Maui “bucket list” for a while so I figured this was a perfect day for the walk. And, I’m so glad I did. The boardwalk goes along the ocean and has super informative signage where I not only learned about the birds that winter there, but about their sounds, what they eat, the critters at the bottom of the bird food chain. It was a fascinating journey. The area is well maintained, apparently a good place to throw net for fish as I saw several men walking along the sand carrying Hawaiian throw nets. However, I never did see any birds. Maybe the day was a little too cool and they were all cuddled by somewhere warm. Or maybe they stay mostly across the highway in the large ponds. But, the walk was still worth the time.

A place to sit when one gets tired.

A place to sit when one gets tired.


You are here...

You are here…


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Pu'uhonua...place of refuge.

Pu’uhonua…place of refuge.


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And the walk goes on

And the walk goes on


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The stream from the ponds to the ocean

The stream from the ponds to the ocean


The sand "plug" which separates the ponds from the ocean

The sand “plug” which separates the ponds from the ocean


The Ae'o one of the most plentiful of the ponds residents.

The Ae’o– one of the most plentiful of the ponds residents.


The puzzle of Kealia, how it all fits together

The puzzle of Kealia, how it all fits together


Leaving Kealia I turned around in a parking lot of the halau wa'a...canoe "landing"

Leaving Kealia I turned around in a parking lot of the halau wa’a…canoe “landing”

The ponds have a calming effect. It tells you to slow down, keep a watchful eye out for wildlife, remain quiet and listen to the sounds of the birds, the ocean, the breezes blowing through the trees. It commands respect. It is thought provoking, and says Malama ka ‘aina…protect and care for the land.