Huleia National Wildlife Refuge

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Hulēʻia National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Hawaiian Moorhen - Huleia NWR.jpg
Hawaiian gallinule - Huleia NWR.
Map showing the location of Hulēʻia National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Hulēʻia National Wildlife Refuge
Map of Hawaii
LocationKauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, United States
Nearest cityLihue, Hawaii
Coordinates21°56′59″N 159°23′15″W / 21.94972°N 159.38750°W / 21.94972; -159.38750Coordinates: 21°56′59″N 159°23′15″W / 21.94972°N 159.38750°W / 21.94972; -159.38750
Area241 acres (0.98 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteHuleia National Wildlife Refuge

The Hulēʻia National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi. It is adjacent to the Menehune Fish Pond, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, on the southeast side of the island. The Hulēʻia Refuge is approximately 241 acres (98 ha) of bottomlands and wooded slopes along the Hulēʻia River. It was established in 1973 to provide open, productive wetlands as nesting and feeding habitat for endangered Hawaiian waterbirds, including the āeʻo (Hawaiian stilt, Himantopus mexicanus knudseni), ʻalae kea (Hawaiian coot, Fulica alai), ʻalae ʻula (Hawaiian gallinule, Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis), and koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck, Anas wyvilliana) can be found here.[1]

To protect and minimize disturbance to the sensitive endangered species that live there, the refuge is closed to all public access. However, shoreline access is provided just to the east at Niumalu Beach Park.[2]


  1. ^ Profile of Huleia National Wildlife Refuge
  2. ^ John R. K. Clark (April 1990). Beaches of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau. University of Hawaii Press. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-8248-1260-7.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.