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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 Pi'ilani and later improved by Governor Hoapili, sometimes called the Hoapili trail.
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  • This is a great place to see dolphins if you can be an early riser. Be at the beach around dawn and soon after the dolphins come in to play. You can snorkel here it is a little rocky to get out. If yo...  more »
  • This is the end of the road during a road trip across the island. It is narrow but well paved so no real issue getting to the end. The rocky area of La Perouse Bay is nice with a different landscape b...  more »
  • A wild place at the bottom of Makenna. A beautiful drive past lots of rich peoples houses, across the lava fields to the bay. It was racing sideways when we were there. Its beautiful 
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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...