Puu Olai “Red Hill” Trail
Southwest Coast, Maui, Hawaii
Red Hill is a 360 foot weathered volcanic tuft that protrudes into the deep blue sea at the south end of Wailea, Maui. At the base of the cinder cone are tidepools and wicked lava formations, both begging to be explored by the intrepid hiker—that isn’t all that awaits either—the really adventurous can hike up the side of the red cone to panoramic views of Lanai, Molokini, and Kahoolawe. We began our hike at the Maui Prince Hotel and continued walking down the Makena Alanui Road until we found the access trail to Oneuli “Black Sand” Beach—from there we just scrambled over the lava rocks to climb up on Red Hill. The views from the top are fantastic, and the hike along the beach to get there is equally amazing.