High water at Kealia

Flooding at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge crosses the entrance to the coastal boardwalk’s parking area and encroaches on the bike lanes of North Kihei Road on Tuesday afternoon. Refuge staffers say the higher-than-usual waters are caused by Waikapu watershed streams coming out of the West Maui Mountains. Courtney Brown of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said refuge staff would post signs to alert people to water in the parking lot, but they would not remove a sand plug to allow the water to flow into the ocean because of concerns about harming wildlife in the refuge and offshore.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo