Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge


A shoveler at Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge
A shoveler at Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge
A pintail at Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge

Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge is a 44-acre property on the south coast of Molokai. Contained on the property is what remains of an ancient Hawaiian fishpond. At this point in time, that ancient fishpond is essentially a 15-acre coastal freshwater marsh. The US fish & Wildlife Service constructed and additional 5.5-acre impoundment on the property in 1983 to provide shallow water habitat for wading birds.

Due to the sensitive nature of the habitat and its use by so many endangered species of waterbirds, the majority of Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge is closed to the public. Only that part of the refuge between Kamehameha V Highway and the ocean is open to the public.

A Hawaiian coot at Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge
An endangered Hawaiian coot at Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge