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La Perouse Bay, Maui

(4.7/5 based on 110 reviews on the web)
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 Pi'ilani and later improved by Governor Hoapili, sometimes called the Hoapili trail.
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  • Most people don't go very far enough down to the King's Trail and the Lava fields. The Lava rock is difficult to walk on so wear sturdy shoes. Once you get out to the lava fields you'll be treated to ...  more »
  • My husband, 9 year old grandson and myself had a wonderful morning hike at the bay. Get there early because parking spots fill up quickly! To the left of the parking is a beautiful and easy hike thru ...  more »
  • Maui's last lava flow occured around 1790 which created the rough lava rocks on the Southern side of the island by La Perouse Bay. If you are interested in seeing the rocks, taking an off-road walk/hi...  more »
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  • Beautiful spot at the end of the road. .
  • This is worth the drive to see. Very rugged views and land out here and it can get hot. Bring water with you.
  • Looking for dolphins in the early morn!
  • beautiful,end if the road♥
  • Incredible, turtles everywhere...