The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is expected to be closed through September due to mechanical issues with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. The system issues make the building uninhabitable by staff and visitors until remedied.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will notify the public once a date is determined for reopening the facility.
The refuge will remain open for wildlife observation Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors continue to have access to the refuge's bird viewing area to observe Hawaiian wetland birds. The refuge is closed Friday through Sunday and all federal holidays.
The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk is also open and accessible seven days a week from sunrise until 7 p.m. with many opportunities to observe Hawai'i's waterbirds.
The refuge is located at Mile 6 of the Mokulele Highway in Kihei. The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk is located on North Kihei Road between Kihei and Ma'alaea.
Contact Park Ranger Courtney Brown for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 268-6316.