Warning: This beach is dangerous! The trail has eroded and just getting to the beach is difficult.
A Maui landmark, Red Sand Beach provides scenic views as well as uniquely red sand that comes from the erosion of the cinder cone surrounding the bay. Some areas of the beach are somewhat protected by lava formations and there is some good snorkeling at this beach, though you should only enter the water during times of calm seas and never when the ocean is rough or a when a swell is running.
Sunbathing, exploring, beachcombing. Swimming, snorkeling, and diving are only recommended here when the water is very calm. Use extreme caution.
The colors at this isolated beach are striking with a turquoise sea bordered by burnt red sand and surrounded by the black lava cliffs, tall green ironwoods, and blue sky.
Need to Know
The trail down to the beach can be a bit slippery due to all the pine needles as well as the crumbling cinder. It is best to wear sturdy shoes for this trek. Use caution and walk slowly. Beware of strong ocean currents beyond the lava sea wall. Kaihalulu means “Roaring Sea” and describes the sometimes tempestuous waters.
Located in eastern Maui near the Hana Community Center south of Hana Bay. After passing Hana town on the Hana Hwy. turn left on Hauoli Rd and follow it to Uakea Rd where you will turn right and look for parking. The trail to the beach starts by the field near the Hana Community Center.