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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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  • This is a Isolated beach accessed via a steep hiking trail which goes next to a private property. Clear warning is posted at the beginning of the trail being dangerous and to hike at your own risk... 
    This is a Isolated beach accessed via a steep hiking trail which goes next to a private property. Clear warning is posted at the beginning of the trail being dangerous and to hike at your own risk...  more »
  • This is a great little hidden beach that is protected by perfectly placed rocks that break the waves. Great swimming destination. 
    This is a great little hidden beach that is protected by perfectly placed rocks that break the waves. Great swimming destination.  more »
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  • The contrast between the red sand and turquoise water is gorgeous. Quiet, secluded, beautiful little beach spot. It was not busy, shy of a dozen people there when we went. We struggled to find parking, so we simply took a quick walk to the site to appreciate its natural beauty and headed back. The path is rather narrow at times and slippery, watch your step and go slowly at certain sections. Although not overly steep or dangerous per se, the journey in is greatly helped by wearing appropriate grippy foot wear and not flip flops. (Attached some images of the narrower sections of the trail for visual aid).
  • Very beautiful beach, not the best for relaxing or swimming due to the rough waves. The sand is very cool to grab from the water. The trail to it isn't that steep as people make it our to be. I would say you would only stay here for a 30 minutes to an hour.

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