Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach), Hana

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Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay is a pocket beach on the island of Maui, Hawaii on Kauiki Head.LocationKaihalulu bay and Red Sand Beach lie at, on the side of Ka'uiki Head, which is a cinder cone just south of Hana Bay, on the eastern coast of Maui island. The bay name comes from kai halulu which means "roaring sea" in the Hawaiian language. The hill name comes from ka uiki which means "the glimmer". It was the site of a fortress and temple where several battles were fought against invaders from Hawaii island. It was also the birthplace of powerful civil leader Queen Kaahumanu.Red Sand Beach is partially shielded from the rough open ocean by an offshore reef. The result is a natural sea wall that protects the bay from large waves. Kaihalulu is one of the few red sand beaches in the world. The sand is a deep red-black, which contrasts with the blue water, the black sea wall, and the green ironwood trees. The cindercone behind the beach erodes constantly, which continually enlarges the cove. This hill is rich in iron, and is why the beach's sand is such a deep red.Kaihalulu is extremely isolated and requires a fairly short, yet perilous hike to reach. The trail to the beach crosses over private property and follows a ridge high above the ocean below. The path is rather steep and narrow, and is quite slippery due to the loose and crumbling cinder as well as needles from nearby ironwood trees. The trail also passes by an ancient Japanese cemetery. Because of the beach's isolation and difficult access, some visitors consider it to be clothing optional.
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  • Small and cozy beach with unusual colors sand, called "red", in reality rather reddish brown. Were in the morning, and when the Sun has risen, paint has become much brighter. Zanalichija reef of almost no waves, which makes a comfortable swimming in the ocean. Be careful and be careful on the way to the beach, the trail is sometimes very narrow, sandy and slippery and obryvchik ...
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  • Go on this hike. Slightly narrow trail, but saw lots of whales. Totally awesome beach. Rocks form a natural break water and the sand is unique. you have to park by the school and walk the unmarked tra...  more »
  • An important stop on the "Road to Hana." Make sure you stop at the Black Sand Beach, which was even better and included a lava tube.  more »
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  • Beautiful secret beach with red sand. Path is tricky to spot, go to a fenced area at the end of the road then it’s to the left across a grassy lawn, a tiny path appears in the trees. Follow it to the end, you will be wowed by a magical tiny cove. Use caution, path is steep and narrow at the end to get there.
  • This is a secret beach, it has a rocky often treacherous path in order to get there and is not in any way handicap accessible. The tide is protected by some rocks so the water is shallow, warm and doesn’t directly go out to sea. Recommend for the traveler to Hana looking for that “remote” place. Go early - the later in the afternoon, the more people will find their way here
  • One of the most picturesque beaches on the island. A small hike to get there but worth every step. The beach is a little rough so bring sandals you can swim in.
  • not a good hike in flip flops. wear secure shoes. pretty beach, but rocky. wear water shoes in the water.
  • Not a lot of beach to see . The hike to the beach is is moderately difficult . It's not a straight path and there are lots of ups and downs on the way . To go to the beach, use google maps to reach the end of the road and then it's a short hike . You would have to park the car in the road right in front of a resort ( not sure , looked like one ) . You will have to walk through lush green field to get to the trail head . It probably takes around 10-20 mins depending on how slow / fast you walk . The view of the beach from the end of the trail is really nice .
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