The Kawililipoa Wetlands: These wetlands are is situated on prime waterfront property, near the Kihei VFW, which is blessed with spectacular sunsets and breathtaking vistas of the channel between the islands of Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Molokini, just offshore is a National marine whale sanctuary where the humpback whales come to frolic and have babies in the winter and spring.
The beach is a nesting ground for turtles, and the nearshore reef is one of Maui’s most at-risk reefs. This is also the site of a large ancient Hawaiian fishpond, and is fed by underground springs. This low-lying back beach area floods when it rains, and the area is also connected to the ocean by an underground nexus of springs.
This area is part of a much larger network of wetlands extending all the way Welakahao. This site is located in Central Kihei’s wetland zone, which is connected by a common aquifer and network of springs that extend from Kealia ponds in the north all the way down to Kalama park in the south.
This area is part of a contiguous series of coastal wetlands that include, Kaleoplepo, Kula Kai, Waipuilani, Keokea, Leie, and Kalama,