Wai'anapanapa State Park

5 stars from 5 reviews
Address Hana Hwy near mile marker 32, Hana, HI 96713
Black sand beach with fresh water pools, camping, hiking, fishing, caves and much more. Remote volcanic coastline offers amazing photo opportunities.

Features
• General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking
• Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Nature Walk

Matt Anderson's Take
Wai'anapanapa State Park is an amazing place and holds one of my all time favorite beaches which is Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach.

Getting here is easy. Assuming you are heading east along the Hana Highway, take a left turn at Honokalani /Waianapanapa Road which will be shortly after (southeast of) the Hana airport area. Follow that road and the state park signs to the end and you'll run into a large parking area.

Once here you can head down to Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach as it is not to be missed, but you can see a cave, take a hike, swim in a fresh water pool, camp, watch the blow hole go off (if it's going off), or just take in the amazing scenery. This is the stuff of postcards so bring a camera.

There are few places that have colors as vibrant as this, it's as if the entire place has had an HDRI filter applied in Photoshop for your viewing pleasure. Do not miss this one!
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Landen O
Joined: Sep 2017
Reviews: 19
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This is a gorgeous park with trails and views in every direction. Bring a camera and stroll around and explore a bit. This is the very definition of tropical paradise.
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Lisa F
Joined: Jan 2017
Reviews: 48
Likes Received: 13
We loved exploring around here. Nice trails and a blowhole to visit as well. The views of the black sand beach from on the cliff are spectacular and you can even see a diver off the cliffs once in awhile. Nutty! Can get a little packed with tourists as this is the island's most popular black sand beach.
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Sue K
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 196
Likes Received: 9
We camped at Wai'anapanapa a couple of nights. It's a unique spot with some very cool, weird and wonderful rock formations. It was very quiet and most of the time, we were lucky enough to have the place pretty much to ourselves. There are lots of short hikes in the vicinity and it proved to be an excellent campsite choice.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Look at the pictures. Wai'anapanapa State Park is just beautiful. This is just another reason why I love taking the road to Hana. The black sand beach is exceptionally beautiful and unique.

Wai'anapanapa State Park gets crowded around 11AM. If Wai'anapanapa State Park is a priority on your list of places to visit in Maui, hit the road early, and don't allow yourself to stop at every waterfall along the way. To be honest, I can't do it. I'm always there with the tour buses. One day... one day.
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