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La Perouse Bay, Maui

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La Perouse Bay or Keoneʻoʻio Bay is located south of the town of Wailea, Hawaii at the end of Makena Alanui Road (State Highway 31) at. The bay's Hawaiian name is Keoneoio. It was later named for the French explorer Captain Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse. In 1786, La Pérouse surveyed and mapped the prominent embayment near the southern cape of Maui opposite the island of Kahoolawe. The bay is the site of Maui's most recent volcanic activity. The rounded peninsula that dominates the northern half of the bay and extends up the coast a short distance was formed about 900,000 years ago by an eruption of basaltic lava that originated in the southernmost landward expression of the Haleakalā Southwest Rift Zone. A small string of cinder cones extending inland to the northeast marks the axis of the rift zone.La Perouse Bay lies directly south of the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve. Fishing is prohibited within the reserve, which is home to many endemic and other fish species, marine mammals, green sea turtles, and coastal plants. The area contains many archaeological sites, including fishing shrines, salt pans, and heiau, or religious platforms. The road ends at the parking lot/entrance to the seashore and marks the start of the King's Highway, a trail that circumnavigated the island, originally built by Piʻilani and later improved by Governor Hoapili, sometimes called the Hoapili trail.
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  • In the South of the island of Maui is the Bay, named after the French Explorer la PERUZA. The incredible beauty of these places, where the most recent volcanic activity on the island is simply mesmerizing, nearby is the wilderness protection zone near Ahihi begins the Royal Road that you must see and go through it all clearly recommend to visit!
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  • Rumor has it you should show up early as it gets hot. We didn't show up early and it was hot. It was also beautiful. You drive down this narrow road with twists and turns and you go past what looks li...  more »
  • This area is stunning with the reddish brown lava rock flow into the ocean with black lava rocks. There's a lot of parking and you can walk for any amount of time even a short walk you will see beauti...  more »