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Waianapanapa State Park

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  • 86%
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  • 86%
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  • 74%
    History Buffs
  • 68%
    Green Travelers
  • 63%
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  • 57%
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  • Waianapanapa State Park
    Clark & Bridget N
    5 Jul 12, 2014

    Just before Hana, be sure to stop at the Black Sands Beach. Then don't forget to check out the Red Sand Beach in Hana.

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  • Waianapanapa State Park
    Amanda
    5 Mar 31, 2014

    We enjoy swimming at the black sand beach & in the fresh water cave. There are coastline trails to explore, picnic areas, a shower to rinse off at & restrooms.

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  • Waianapanapa State ParkPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Mar 27, 2014

    A stopoff on the famed 'Road to Hana' on Maui (and quite near to the town of Hana itself), the beach of black volcanic stone and the spiny flows of lava arches reaching out into the blue-green sea are pretty fantastic. Better still are the two freshwater cave pools a short walk away from the beach. Jump in and swim under the small crack in the cave wall to find a miniature grotto: very cool.

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  • Waianapanapa State ParkPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    5 Oct 20, 2013

    The best place for camping along the Road to Hana. The park also rents back-to-basics cabins that are big enough for groups of friends to hang out in for a few days, as long as you don't mind the bugs and can bring all your own supplies (e.g., groceries, beach towels, decks of cards). Come early in the morning before the day trippers arrive, and catch sunrise breaking over the waves.

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  • Waianapanapa State ParkCommunity ManagerPro 2014
    Yen Phan
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    5 Sep 10, 2013

    Beach, caves, black sand, rocks to climb on, this park has it all! My first time jumping inside a fresh water cave was scary and thrilling. Another first is walking on black sand, it was rocky but so smooth. Years of mother nature's work transformed the lava rocks into smooth pebbles and grains. A fun road trip to take the family on to The Road to Hana, and definitely make a stop at this park!

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    5 Aug 02, 2013

    Best for Dramatic Landscapes: Ranked No. 1 in its category, this protected Hawaiian beach may be small (only a quarter of a mile long), but it makes a big impression because of its black sand and abundance of spiny Hawaiian hala trees.

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    Susie P
    5 Jul 11, 2013

    Hike along the rocky shoreline (3 miles of trail), visit the black sand beach, walk through the beach cave, swim in a spring-fed pond.

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    Sandi S
    5 May 11, 2013

    One of the true all Black Sand Beaches on Maui. Spend a fascinating day exploring the trails of this Park, including viewing a blow hole and hidden caves full of history.
    Absolutely beautiful! Go early to avoid the tour buses and day tourists.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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    Jack G
    5 May 07, 2013

    On the way to Hana and a must stop. In fact a great place for a picnic lunch. There is a beautiful, but small black sand beach. Spend some time and hike around. Be sure to bring the camera

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    Sophia Aduana
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    5 Jan 10, 2013

    Definitely stop here while on the Hana Highway. Its popularity makes it difficult to avoid the crowds of tourists or picnic-going families, but the scenery is worth it. Black sands make this beach unique, but the tide can be treacherous so...I'd advise against swimming.

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    Chris Kompst
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    5 Oct 31, 2012

    This park has the famous "black sand" beach, grottos with underwater tunnels and cool rock formations. Camping as well.

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    Tory K
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Beautiful park and beach. Black pebbles line the shore, caves and coves dot the area. The surf was pretty rough when we were there so we didn't swim snorkel as planned. Nice little hike to some grottos. There is some camping and BBQ options so could be nice for longer stay if you have the gear. Definitely worth stopping enroute to Hana.

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    oshaked
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    4 Jul 03, 2012

    The park is awesome, perfect black pebbles on he beach, a walk to a hidden cave where you can snorkel, a walk along the beach etc. Awesome place

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    Ted & Dominic Cerra W
    5 Mar 22, 2014

    Striking black sand beaches as well as seaside lava tubes, small arch and caves.

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    Debi M
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    4 Jun 24, 2013

    Beautiful stop on the Road to Hana

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    Terri S
    5 Jun 15, 2013
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    5 May 29, 2013
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    Paul G
    4 May 28, 2013

    Fantastic fresh water pool in cave with haunting historical story behind it

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    Ronald Z
    5 May 28, 2013

    Absolutely Stunning

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    5 May 27, 2013
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4.5 out of 5
38 members' reviews
234 people visited Waianapanapa State Park

Description

Near the 32-mile marker on East Maui's Road to Hana, Waianapanapa State Park pulls in plenty of day trippers with its black-sand beach, lava blowholes, and a grassy campground and picnic area. Take a walk along the King's Highway, an ancient Hawaiian lava-rock trail that leads both north and south along the coast, passing archaeological sites, boulder-strewn beaches and fishing camps.

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