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Distance:
0.6 Miles / 1.0 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Moderate
Time to Hike:
~18 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Town:
Hana, Hawaii
Directions:
20.752881, -155.984173
Added:
August 28, 2018
Updated:
August 13, 2019
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The Red Sand Beach (a.k.a Kaihalulu) Trail in Hana, Maui, Hawaii, is a moderate 0.6 mile out-and-back hike over to the hidden cove of turquoise waters and red sand beach, Kaihalulu.

The trail itself is rated at moderate since there are plenty of steeper downhill cliff-side sections where the trail gets narrow; however, a lot of people still do this hike in their flip-flops and sandals. For the most part the trail is moderately trafficked and less popular than the Black Sand Beach Trail.

At the end of the trail, about 0.3 miles in, you'll reach the cove of the Red Sand Beach, Kaihalulu, with a large tidal area for snorkeling and swimming. A large natural breakwater sits about 60 feet offshore from the beach, which helps keep the waters in the tidal area stay calmer.

There are plenty of lookout points along this trail of the Red Sand Beach as well.

Trailhead: The trailhead can be found just east of the end of Uakea Rd in Hana; however, this GPS data starts near the corner of Hauoli Rd and Uakea Rd.

Parking: Parking can be found on the side of the road along Uakea Road. There's a parking capacity of about 10 cars, so you may need to wait for a parking space or show up early. Be respectful of the nearby "No Parking" signs and only park where public parking is available.

Beach attire / clothing options: This beach is apparently clothing-optional, which we did not know until after we visited;  however, it may explain some people's choice of swim attire. Just a note if visiting with your family or kids.

Respecting the Land
Hawaiian land is considered sacred to native Hawaiians and many locals, so please stay on-trail, take nothing but photos, and leave nothing but footprints. Respect the locals - don't stay for long and have a backup hike planned in case the parking lot is full.

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  1. Parking

    20.752881, -155.984173
  2. Main Trailhead

    20.752902, -155.984264
  3. View toward Hana Maui Resort from the trail

    20.752072, -155.982042
    View toward Hana Maui Resort from the trail
  4. View / Overlook / Vista

    20.752183, -155.981414
    View / Overlook / Vista
  5. On the Red Sand beach

    20.752575, -155.981567
    On the Red Sand beach
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69 '

Total Change
124 '

Ascent
124 '

Descent

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0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Trail added
August 28, 2018
Hiked on
August 17, 2018
Updated on
August 13, 2019
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
July 16, 2019
Hiking
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
July 16, 2019
Got to the Red Sand beach earlier than on our first trip, but the beach was already pretty crowded. The trail out is still just as sketchy in some spots as in 2019, so hikers should wear proper footwear to get to the beach -- plenty of people hiking this in flip-flops and will likely get hurt. Thankfully the parking situation leads this beach to have a maximum capacity. Follow the road signs and only park where allowed. If parking is not available, you can drive around for a while and check again, but respect the locals and do not block the street or park on private driveways, etc.
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0.6 miles / 1.0 km
August 17, 2018
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