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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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  • While the trail leading out to the beach Is rocky, treacherous, and hard to find, the adrenaline rush from the danger is offset by the awe-inspiring beauty when you turn the corner and arrive at a...  more »
  • short ten minute hike over well marked trail hugging the ocean. Might be difficult for anyone with fear of heights or for small children. Rocky beach, waves rushing in around large rocks, but gentle.....  more »
  • Worth the trek. Stunning
  • This is a beautiful bay. The walk to get here is 5 minutes from parking and is completely safe. A must visit!

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