Day 50 – Red Sand Beach, Hana Maui

Yes! I finally made it to Red Sand Beach in Hana. Though in reality there is no sand, so I don’t understand why it’s not called Red Pebble Beach.

Michelle, Monika, & Wray at Honomanu Bay

Michelle, Monika, & Wray at Honomanu Bay

 

On the drive we stopped at Honomanu Bay…of course I’d never been there. We didn’t stay long, wanted to get back on the road to Hana.

 

 

 

Steven & Robert, Honomanu Bay

Steven & Robert, Honomanu Bay

Steve goes to Honomanu Bay, from time to time to surf, and our friend Peter suggested we hike from there, up the streambed to the waterfall. (Sorry Peter, I checked it out and it just didn’t look like it would be fun.)

 

 

Almost there

Almost there

But I loved Red Sand Beach!

 

We had a great time with our friends, Monika, Robert and Michelle. The hike down wasn’t bad at all.

After the hike to the Na’ili’ili-haele Waterfalls, I was anticipating climbing down a sheer cliff and swing from a rope.

 

There were a few slippery parts where you had to hold onto roots of trees and guide yourself down, but otherwise, even wearing beach walks it was very doable.

Red Sand Beach, Hana Maui

Red Sand Beach, Hana Maui

 

We were some of the first people to arrive; eventually there were maybe 16-20 people.

Lava rocks shelter the beach from the sea

Lava rocks shelter the beach from the sea

 

 

 

 

 

The rock formations were dramatic. Didn’t expect it to be so beautiful, which is saying a lot, being that I live on Maui.

 

 

Afterwards we headed off to try the Café Romantica that our friends, Rayne and Mark, have so highly recommended.

Cafe Romantica...closed. Will try it next time.

Cafe Romantica…closed. Will try it next time.

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately they were closed, so we headed over the Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food.

 

 

Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food - open for lunch only

Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food – open for lunch only

 

It was EXCELLENT! The prices were great and the staff lovely (they serve lunch only). I highly recommend it if you are heading to Hana. It is located 5050 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii 96713; you can Google it for directions.

 

Someday…can’t say when, but I assume during this lifetime, I will return to Red Sand Beach.

Robert & Monika

Robert & Monika

 

Can you believe it, two days of fun to go & my year will be up.

 

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