Kealia Pond National Wildlife Reserve is located about one mile north of Kihei on Mokulele Hwy. Kanaha Pond now serves as an important breeding area for endangered Hawaiian waterbirds Kanaha Pond is thought to have been built in the 1700s by the island’s ruler Kapiiohookalani to raise and fatten fish.
The pond produced large quantities of mullet until the early 1900s though in the following decades the whole area was severely degraded by surrounding industries and development including the dredging of Kahului Harbor. Near the main gate to Kanaha Pond is a small birdwatching platform.
Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary was formally designated as a bird refuge in 1951 and then became a registered national natural landmark in 1971. Near Kahului Airport, take Amala Road which fronts the ocean near Kahului Harbor.Near the entrance gate to the Sanctuary is a small, paved parking lot. This interesting educational museum in central Maui displays various exhibits about sugarcane and the early years of Hawaii plantation life including the many different immigrant cultures who came to Hawaii to work on the sugarcane plantations.Located on Maui’s south-central coastline, this scenic wetland area encompasses about 700 acres and is home to a variety of Hawaiian waterbirds including the black-necked stilt and Hawaiian coot.The Refuge is the site of habitat restoration projects as well as local environmental education, bird watching, photography, and other wildlife-oriented activities.An exhibit about the production of sugarcane features a scale model of a cane crusher.