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Parched Kanaha Pond

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

First photo: Kanaha Pond was set aside as a wildlife sanctuary in 1951. It is home to several bird species found only in Hawaii. A spokesman for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said the very dry period for the pond hit after the breeding season this year, so it did not result in impacts to the endangered waterbird reproduction.

Second photo: With much of its pond bottom exposed and cracking, Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary wetlands look ghostly white Saturday morning. Normally the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife uses a pump to increase the water in the pond during dry periods, a spokesman said. But currently the pump is broken a new one was ordered months ago. The vendor indicated that the pump will arrive in about three weeks, the spokesman added.

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