About the wetland
This privately-owned wetland was created in 1995 to provide habitat for native Hawaiian waterbirds as well as migratory birds like the Golden Plover.
Ongoing work in the wetland includes removing invasive plants, enhancing nesting and feeding areas, and keeping the waterways open.
The cleared bare dirt areas of the islands provide nesting and foraging areas for stilts. The thicker vegetation on the islands provide cover for shy gallinules (also known as moorhens).
Look for coots feeding and nesting in the grassy edges of the islands. Dozens of coots can often be seen floating and feeding in the shallow lake water beyond the wetland.
Fish & other wildlife in the wetland
Tilapia (both gray and orange), juvenile mullet, western mosquito fish, Samoan crabs and glass shrimp live in the brackish water of the wetland. Milkfish and barracuda can be found in the saltier waters of the lake.
Dragonflies and smaller damselflies can be seen flying near the water or resting on reeds and waterplants.
Several species of freshwater turtles, originally from pet stores, are now established in the wetland. They are very shy, but can be sometimes seen sunning themselves on bare island edges.