What to Expect
Amala Road, Kahului - Central Maui
Once a royal fishpond, Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary is an important breeding are for three endangered Hawaiian birds: the Hawaiian duck, the stilt, and the coot, as well as the endangered sphinx moth. This 143-acre preserve is also a stopping point for Canadian geese as they migrate south for the winter.
In the early 1700's, King Kapiiohookalani had this pond built for storing and fattening fish. In 1951 the Hawaiian government formally designated the pond as a bird refuge. This pond was designated a registered natural landmark in late 1971.
Located near the Kahului Airport, the pond can be accessed off Amala Road that fronts the ocean near Kahului Harbor. A small parking lot is located by the entrance gate to the sanctuary.
Protected wildlife sanctuary - no fishing or swimming allowed
Small, paved parking lot in front of the pond
Small concrete birdwatching stand located near the main gate
Approximately 90 species of birds use this pond and the surrounding wetlands
Gate locked at night