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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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  • Since the Seven Sacred Falls was a bust, we stopped here on the way back. This is not the easiest place to find and you have to be careful. First there is no official parking lot for this beach. Be ca...  more »
  • For this beach you will not find signs! Situated near the school where there's a lawn that goes through and there begins the path, or at least not slippery walking shoes advice, you have to be a bit careful but then when you get the show is wonderful! Red Beach surrounded by red rocks in contrast with the blue of the sea! To see!
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  • What a cool beach. When the sun is bright the red and blue colors here are so vivid. I could not believe how red the sand was (well crushed rock) and how blue the water. Not the best swimming due to h...  more »

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