- Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on the island of Moloka`i was established in 1977 and is part of the Maui NWR Complex. This refuge contains a 15-acre pond and a manmade seven-acre impoundment. Surrounding two sides of the old pond are thick kiawe trees. The spring-fed pond lies on a narrow plain just above sea level at the foot of volcanic hills. Twelve species of birds, including the endangered Hawaiian stilt (ae`o) and coot (`alae ke`oke`o) use this area.
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Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge
Recreation - Wildlife observation and environmental education activities are available under a Special Use Permit. Picnicking and fishing are also available at the adjacent Kakahaia County Park.
Climate - The climate on the southern shores of Moloka'i includes moderate temperatures year-round. Rain increases in winter; some summer days are hot and humid. Trade winds are fairly constant. Temperatures range from the 70s in winter to the 90s in the summer. A rain jacket is recommended, as is a brimmed hat and sunscreen.
This wildlife refuge is located on the southeastern shores of Moloka'i near the community of Kamalo.