Kanaha Pond Bird Sanctuary

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Phone (808) 984-8100
Address Amala Rd, Kahului, HI 96732
Protected wetland pond inhabited by many endangered seabirds.

• Sightseeing: Wildlife • Cultural & Historical: Heiau / Sacred Site

Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary is located between the Kahului Airport and the harbor. It’s a 143-acre wetland preserve that was once a royal fishpond for the Hawaiian Ali’i. It’s believed to have been built by chief Kihapi'ilani around 1500, or by Kapi'ioho'okalani – the chief of Molokai and Oahu.

Today, it’s a breeding ground for endangered water birds such as Hawaiian stilt or Ae'O, the white billed Hawaiian coot and the koloa duck. There are more than 90 species of birds that migrate or nest at the Kanaha Pond, which is National Natural Landmark.