Red Sands Beach at the beginning of Kaihalulu Bay (just south of Hana) is a small inlet beach on the island of Maui, Hawaii on Ka'uiki Head. Enjoyed as a nude beach by locals and adventurous visitors, the lagoon is sheltered by a reef of rock that keep the ocean waves from crashing on the beach allowing incredible snorkling and swimming experiences.
Drive to the Hana Community Center on Ua Kea Road, next to several cabins which are part of the Hotel Hana Maui. You will need to walk on private property to reach the beach. You can park on the street nearby.At the south end of the Community Center is path that passes an old cemetery. The path crosses to the shoreline and up and along the face of the outside of the cinder cone. The path is narrow and footing is poor. Forgo the sandals for sneakers. Get to the beach by navigating down roots that have grown across the path used as steps. At the end of the path you'll find the Red Sand Beach. Swimming and snorkeling are excellent. The water is calm and clear. This is a very small beach but one which should not be missed.
The Pools of ‘Ohe’o (The Seven Sacred Pools) are the most popular attraction in Eastern Maui. Beautiful waterfalls and pools here, in a thick, green rainforest valley cut deeply into the land over eons of time by a meandering stream, much as the Waimai Canyon in Kauai or a smaller scale of the Grand Canyon, are easily accessible and offer full facilities. Note that it becomes more crowded as the day goes on so come early. Access to pools is closed off in wet weather. (Call 808-572-4400 Option 2 on the day of your trip to find out if the pools are open).
The stream has many waterfalls and pools along its course until it finally empties into the blue Hawaiian ocean along the jagged Kipahulu coast. The most accessible pools are also very well suited for swimming and cliff-jumping – which is what makes this remote site among the most popular in all of Maui.
Mile Marker: #42 (Hana Hwy aka Hwy 31)
GPS Coordinates: 20.661458,-156.045299
Facilities: National Park Rangers, Information Facility, Camping (no permit req’d), grills, picnic tables and bathrooms. (No potable water is available in the park.)
The pools are very popular and become more and more crowded later in the day. The magnificance offered to the few that get there earlier in the day has no comparison to the crowded afternoons.The ways to avoid the crush and disappointment of the crowds is to simply get there before noon. Staying in Hana or in the campgrounds at the park can get you there well before the afternoon rush.
This easy to access trail just off the Hana Hwy at Haleakala National Park Kipahulu (Seven Sacred Pools) is beautifully maintained by the National Park Service and offers amazing and diverse scenery concluding at the base of a spectacular waterfall. The Pipiwai Trail offers the best of East Maui’s most dramatic stream and waterfall hikes.
This 1.8 mile trail offers continual photo opportunities as it unfolds along a string of pools and waterfalls framed by the incredibly lush green tropical rainforest. This dramatic diversity of plant life then gives way to the single flora of a huge bamboo forest. When through the bamboo you find yourself at the very base of a towering sheer-cliff waterfall.
The only thing missing from this hike is solitude. Because of the easy National Park access and the half-million visitors per-year to the much more famous seven pools below, you definitely won’t have this trail all to yourself.
The trail is safe, well maintained, and the steeper grade during the first half mile or so is really the only part that is less than easy for older visitors or those who don't hike or walk regularly. The Nat'l Park Service has built a boardwalk to span the muddy sections and have been adding more stone steps in the steeper grade areas in the past couple years which make it easier to transverse.
You should allow at least a couple hours if you plan to enjoy yourself here and add another hour if you stop a lot (photos?) and/or aren’t a regular walker/hiker.
* Maui Island Activities *
Hikes for groups and Individuals
Offer varied guided hiking tours from 3 to 7 hours long, approx $90 to $130 each.
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Haiku, HI 96708
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Nakalele Blowhole on Pohelua Bay
off The Kahekili Hwy (340)
Wear good shoes that won't slip for the climb down and be careful not to get too close. The photo opportunities are great but the water from the blow hole comes up with force and can reach 15 feet high, drenching everything around and sometimes knocking people over. Visitors have fallen in and been dragged out to sea through it so keep your distance.
This photo was taken from a long distance away.
The Baldwin House was buily in 1835 and is restored thanks to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. The house was built for Reverend Dwight Baldwin a man who came to the Hawaiian islands. The Reverend taught some spiritual teachings but was helpful in establishing an education system here in Maui. he taught reading and writing in Hawaiian and in Emglish as well as agricultural and finance skills. He was also responsible for helping the people during the great Smallpox outbreak in 1853.
The house is preserved by the Restoration Foundation with its antique decor, furnishings and library.
Before the Whalers and Missionaries arrived in Maui; there were the Chinese Immigrants. These immigrants banded together to preserve their culture with the formation of the Wo Hing Society. This group built two-story temple on Front Street. The building served as a fraternal and social meeting hall. It housed a sacred altar room on the second floor for religious ceremonies.
In the 1940's many of the immigrants relocated to Oahu for better employement opportunities and the Wo Hing temple fell into direpair. In 1983, Lahaina Restoration foundation restored the house to its former look. It is now used as a museum to Chinese culture.
My wife and i passed by this museum while we were walking on Front Street. Unfortunately it was too early in the morning for it to be open to visitor's but definitely next time.
The Master’s Reading Room is one of the historic sites in Lahaina. The building was constructed in 1834 with lava rocks ane coral bricks. The purpose of this building was a place for sea captains to come and read local newspapers, publications and have a place to write. The lower level of the building was a store room and the upper level was for captains and officers.
The building still stands today in perfect condition thanks to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation who uses the building as a meeting place.
In Banyan Tree Park by the Courthouse stands the ruins that once were a Fort. The Fort was built after some uruly sailors who were mad at being deprived of the company of local women fired theirs cannons at the local Revrend's house. Later on in 1850; they began to tear down the fort to use the stone for the Hale Pa'ahao Prison.
If there wasn't a plaque marking this spot; no one would know what it is.
The beaches in Maui are amazing and Kaanapali Beach is no exception! I love the fact that the beach has these amazing views of Lanai and Molakai to the distant. The sand is so powdery and soft and the water is always quite warm.
There are a few miles of beach to enjoy with a coastal walk as well as the Whaler's Village where you can do some serious damage shopping. You can also find the Hula Grill as well as a few other dinning options.
Ferni and I enjoy spending a few hours at the beach before hitting the Hula Grill for a drink and then some shopping at Whaler's Village.
Kaanapali Beach is a three mile stretch sand and clear blue waters. This beach area is quite popular and is lined by resorts, The Whaler's Village and restaurants.
One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Held every evening at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, diving off of Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili.
We like that there is a concrete path along the beach so it is easy to walk from the Hyatt all the way down to the Shearton by the Black Rock. This is also good for travelers with mobility issues that have to use a wheelchair or scooter to get around.
This is such a beautiful pool located at the Wailea Marriott resort. The Serenity pool is an adult only pool which overlooks the coast.
The pool has some beautiful cabanas that you can rent. Or, you can find a lounge chair and sit around the pool.
During out visit the pool was just perfect, void of any small children. It's a wonderful way to cool off.
Ferni and I had a ball at this pool. It’s 770,000-gallon pool that consists of nine different pools on six different levels and each pool is connected by a river that carries you along rapids and currents.
The Wailea Canyon includes so many fun and entertaining pools like jungle pools, intertwining slides, a whitewater rapids slide, a Tarzan pool, a sand beach, six waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis, an infant pool and the world's first water elevator, and of course the swim-up bar.
You can spend the whole day having fun and letting your inner child enjoy all the pools, slides, rapids and then hang out at the underwater swim up cave and enjoy a nice cool drink.
Pools are open daily from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm, so plenty of time to enjoy every single one of them.
One of the two whirlpools located at the Hibiscus Pool at the Grand Wailea is the Kihei Whirlpool. In the early moring hours there could be a chill in the air and this is a good way to warm up before enjoying some time at the pool.
Ferni and I arrived at the pool as early as 7:30 am to enjoy some time at the whirlpool before hitting the other pools for some sun and fune.
If you're driving to Lahaina from Wailea you will come across this little lookout. Ferni and I stopped here to enjoy a quick drink and the beauty of the sea. It’s a beautiful lookout where you just may enjoy a bit of whale watching.
During our visits to Maui we’ve been lucky to see plenty of whales frolicking in the water. If you arrive during the later hours, stay and enjoy a wonderful sunset.
We have stayed at Napili Point Condos six times and are returning again this February for a month....more
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1533 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii, 96713, United States
Good for: Solo