Kaihalulu (Red Sand) Beach

Kaihalulu (Red Sand) Beach, Maui

Kaihalulu Beach, or better known as Red Sand Beach, located just south of Maui's Hana Bay, has red-black sand, a product of the cinder cone hill (named Ka'uiki Head) on the northern end of the cove.

The beautiful ironwood trees continuously sprinkle numerous needles that blanket the ground. Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach takes some maneuvering to get down to the water's edge and can be slippery due to crumbling cinder and pine needles from the trees, but the payoff is definitely worth the challenge. The blue ocean, the red sand, the green trees and the black lava sea wall make for a very unique sight. Bring your camera!

Although the beach is partially protected by a reef, it is not suitable for swimming or any other type of watersport due to strong currents and turbuent waters. If you decide to go into the water anyway, be cautious because often times there is a fast-moving rip current that flows out to the open ocean at the northern end of the beach. Also, do not swim behind the lava sea wall because the currents are so strong, you may not be able to swim back to shore. Kaihalulu means "roaring sea" in the Hawaiian language and this beach is named like that for a reason.

Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach Overview

  • Unique, secluded red sand beach near Hana
  • Amazing scenery, great photo opportunities
  • Swimming and snorkeling not recommended here
  • Challenging to get to (trail leads down a steep hill with loose footing)

Location: Red Sand Beach, Hana, Maui, Hawaii 96713
Directions: Drive to the dead end of Uakea Road, south of Hana Bay. Across from the Sea Ranch Cottages, the trail to the beach begins. From here, it's a steep, 10-minute hike to the beach.

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Reviews and Comments:
We didn't take the hike on the steep cliff as directed because if another party is leaving and we came it'd be a pretty tight spot, so instead....we opt to walk along the beach front on the rocks...(pretty dangerous, yet very adventurous...tide was low of course) bout 10 min, then we seen the Red beach...WOW!!! Worth the walk, seen couple really big bright yellow fishes so we snorkeled for a bit, could not take no under water fishes as wanted because even in the cove the water were pretty strong current....very relaxing indeed
Thuan Tran 4/15/11, Tue May 03, 2011