Black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park near Hana, on the road to Hana, gets all of the visitors and fame. But a lesser-known attraction, right in the heart of Hana, is Red Sand or Kaihalulu Beach, a pocket beach located on Kaihalulu Bay, one of only three red sand beaches in the world.
It’s not well-known because the trail to Red Sand Beach is sketchy. Dangerous. Our advice:
1. If it’s been raining in Hana, DO NOT attempt this. The trail is EXTREMELY slippery when wet.
2. Even when dry, the trail is slippery. Wear hiking shoes, not flip-flops. Be careful! The pine cones on the trail are slippery, too.
3. Occasional landslides block the trail. Go back. Don’t try to climb over the blockage. It’ll slip, slide, and take you with it. The trail is cleared by professionals on a regular basis. Come back in a day or two.
4. Every year people fall off the trail, and then endanger the rescue personnel that have to go in and save them. Be Very Careful!
5. This is not a trail to take you kekei (kids) on.
So you’re wearing hiking shoes or boots, you’re healthy and in good shape, and you’re going to do this anyway. Ok, here’s what it’s going to be like.
Oops. Landslide. Go back if you encounter this!
This video will give you a good idea of what the short hike is like.
Be forewarned that Maui locals consider this beach clothing optional. You never know what you might find when you round the final corner. But when you do, THIS is what you’ll behold.
I always think it’s worth the trip.
That’s Red Sand Beach in the small bay at the bottom right of the photo.