Red Sand Beach - Kaihalulu Beach

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Red Sand Beach - Kaihalulu Beach

Red Sand Beach - Kaihalulu Beach
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christine c
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Walked over to the red sand beach from our bungalow at the Hana-Maui. Like others have said, the beach is stunning. However, on our return a gentleman in his 70s just ahead of us fell 20 feet. Rescuers were able to get to him quickly. But, we have since learned the locals don't go to this beach because the trail crosses private property. It seems to be dissrepectful in general to visit this trail and beach. Falls happen at least 2 x per week according to the locals. We saw pregnant women on the trail, older folks, people carrying children and beach gear - all negotiating the trail without problem. However, it is very dangerous - one wobble or misstep and down you go. I wish the travel books would take this one off the visit list. Had I known how locals feel, I would not have gone.
Written May 22, 2022
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Piero C
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina486 contributions
Solo
I’ve been to the beach in sunny weather, when the red sand was gleaming. But it was mobbed. The fact is, the waves are rough, and the cove is too small for a real stroll. After the moderately troubling hike down to shore, a quiet bout of contemplation is the best way to respect its remarkable beauty. It’s one of a kind, and solitude makes it stand out even more. Do the torrential rain that blasted me on my visit cleared out the other onlookers, and I had it all to myself for half an hour. Don’t miss it, and don’t be discouraged by the ominous unfriendly warning posted on the street that tells you this beach is for locals only. Park at Hana State Beach and it’s a seven minute walk to the trailhead. Make your way across the wide lawn next to the community center. Head towards the coast and you’ll see the trail begins between too bushes.
Written August 14, 2020
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Aditi
8 contributions
It's a stunning beach that's only accessible from a hidden trail. We almost missed the entrance if it weren't for a helpful local lady. The entrance to the trailhead is to the left of the community center sliding door. There is a lawn area, and the trailhead starts from bushes. The trail can be slippery in patches, and thanks to other reviews, we went prepared with hiking shoes. The beach pretty much looks same as photos. Red "pebbles" sand is so pretty, the view is best in the morning without harsh sun rays.
Written April 30, 2021
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NorthBeachTraveler
Hana, HI26 contributions
Kaihalulu Beach is beautiful, but the access trail crosses private property and is downright dangerous. Every year tourists are injured or killed there, and honestly my wife and I have avoided that fate only because of good luck. You will find that ethical local residents will NOT give tourists directions to Kaihalulu. Go to Koki or Hamoa beach instead, or enjoy Waianapanapa State Park (reservation required).
Written June 8, 2021
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Steve Murphy
Denver, CO2 contributions
Friends
This beach is something else entirely. However, think about the perspective of the locals. They deal with non stop rental car traffic and still they operate throughout their day to day with a smile and nod. However, when a sign says do not trespass, it means do not trespass. It’s insulting to both Hawaiian and Hawaiian culture to disrespect their wishes here. No amount of instagram likes isn’t going to shake the dirty feeling of trespassing.
Written June 8, 2022
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Tricia B
Wisconsin351 contributions
Family
This beach was a little tricky to find and the hiking path was somewhat unnerving in a couple spots but it was so worth it! The contrast between the red sand, black lava rock, and bright blue water was amazing! This is not a hike to do in flip flops nor is it ideal for young children. Not only do you need to get close to the edge of a cliff but the trail is also full of loose gravel which is slippery. Take it slow.
Written July 7, 2020
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Kauai Tai Chi
Kapaa, HI226 contributions
Couples
Turn around and Go home... that’s what the large sign painted on a piece ply board on the street. People here are sick of tourists. They don’t want people coming around in their territory. It is clear that outsiders are not welcome. We saw the sign and decided to honor the request and continued on our day. There are so many other amazing places to visit on Maui why go where you are not wanted?
Written August 17, 2020
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Joe P
Estes Park, CO303 contributions
Solo
The descriptions I read definitely put the Red Sand Beach on my radar. However, comments on the route to the beach had me concerned. Yes, parking can be very tight, but I found plenty of room half a block away instead of trying to squeeze into the dead end of Uakea street leading to the trail access. Pass the yellow gate bordering a grassy area, crossing the field heading along the right side towards a light pole. The trail starts down there, past the hand painted “no trespassing” sign, past the “the trail is dangerous” signs, and down to where it bears left above the water. I read the reviews about how dangerous it was, but I found it quite easy to negotiate. I did wait a couple times in a convenient location to let oncoming traffic pass, but overall the route was easy to follow and to walk. About 10 minutes brought me to my first view of the beach cut into a pretty cove of red rock. Go slow and pay attention, and enjoy a beautiful, secluded beach. The rock formations guarding the beach are impressive. Oh, and you will not be alone !!!
Written March 6, 2020
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Laura L
Hudson, NH1,000 contributions
Couples
Short hike to a magnificent red sand bay beach that you can climb down into. There was a pasty white couple down there sunbathing nude but they threw a towel on as we hit the high rocks at the opening of the bay. I read that “this trail is treacherous”…maybe if you are not ambulatory but we thought it was a piece of cake. Park on the side of the end of the dead end street… only a few spots there but we we’re there towards the end of the day and didn’t have any trouble. This, along with the black sand beach, we’re the most beautiful things we’ve seen! The colors of the water in contrast to the blue ocean was phenomenal.
Written September 30, 2021
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John H
North Salt Lake, UT60 contributions
A lot of reviews on this place claim it’s super dangerous and hard to get to. Is probably about a five minute walk that might only be treacherous for a 75 year old disabled person. The beach itself is very pretty but not fun to walk on as the sand is actually tiny pebbles. The cove is sheltered by a rock wall sticking out of the ocean so it’s a great place to swim. Snorkeling is as pretty decent as well. Not worth the drive if you’re only driving to see the beach but if you’re doing the entire road to Hana that day it’s a must do.
Written September 15, 2020
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