Kanaha Pond

Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary, Maui

Located between downtown Kahului and Kahului Airport, the Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary (view panorama) was once a royal fishpond, believed to have been built either by chief Kihapi'ilani who lived around 1500, or by Kapi'ioho'okalani, a chief of Oahu and Molokai.

Today, it is a waterfowl sanctuary home to over fifty species of birds, including three endangered Hawaiian bird species, the Hawaiian stilt (ae'o), the Hawaiian coot ('alae) and the Hawaiian duck (koloa). Other bird species that can be seen here are doves, geese, gallinules, herons, pheasants, owls, plovers, sandpipers and tattlers.

There is a paved walkway at the southern end of the refuge from where the birds can best be observed. The pond was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971.

Kanaha Pond Overview

  • Ancient Hawaiian fishpond that is now a bird sanctuary
  • Bring binoculars to see birds up-close

Location:
Off Haleakala Highway (Route 37), Kahului HI 96732
Directions: At the southern end of Kanaha Pond (off Haleakala Highway), there is a small parking lot (across from Da Kitchen Café) from where the pond can be accessed.


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