Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Natural wetlands have become rare in the Islands, and the 700 acres of this reserve attract migratory birds and other wildlife. Long-legged stilts casually dip their beaks into the shallow waters as traffic shuttles by. Sharp-eyed birders may catch sight of migratory visitors such as osprey. Interpretive signs on the boardwalk explain how the endangered hawksbill turtles return to the sandy dunes year after year. The boardwalk stretches along the coast by North Kihei Road; the main entrance to the reserve is on Mokulele Highway. A new visitor center with the reserve headquarters and exhibits provides a good introduction. www.fws.gov/kealiapond. COST: Free. OPEN: Weekdays 7:30--4.