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Wai'anapanapa State Park

Hana Hwy. near mile marker 32, Hana, Maui, HI
808/984-8109
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Hana
Type: State Parks, Beaches
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking, Swimming
Description: Waianapanapa State Park is on the road to Hana, Maui.
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Terrific place for photos and hiking...majestic views. The dramatic contrast between the black sand and the blue water is just breathtaking...even more so than on Santorini. Make sure you poke around in some of the caves along the beach if the tide is low...the cave on the trail where a queen was murdered by her king was an epic fail... More

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Houston, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

We stopped here on a trip around the Hana side of Maui ... if you walk through the park from the parking lot then down the stairs to the left you reach a black "sand" beach - really small polished lava rocks. On the beach is an open and short lava tube you can walk through in the summer and... More

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Springfield, Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We loved it. Crystal clear water. Cliff divers from some of the rocks, also some cool caves and trails. Will return. We had a picnic up top, and then enjoyed the beach for 3-4 hours.

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Boise, ID
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stopped here on our drive to Hana. The views here are amazing and the black sand beach is good. We went for a swim here as well, it nice to get out and look at some things that are different and do not have back in the states. Just be careful when it is sunny out because the sand... More

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Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
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76 reviews 76 reviews
27 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The lava formations and coastline views in this park are spectacular- we hiked down to a black sand beach surrounded by cliffs with sea caves, then I continued on over the cliffs jutting out into the sea to a blowhole spouting water. On the grassy field, we watched 5 or 6 mongooses raiding a trash can and hissing and baring... More

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Riverton, Utah, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

In the planning stage this was one of the planned stops. When we got there we realized we would have driven all the way just to see this one place. It was so unbelievably gorgeous. The black sand beach was beautiful. The turquoise water was stunning. The lava formations took our breath away. We walked around and took a ton... More

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New Canaan
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12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Gorgeous beach, caves to explore, rugged coast, beautiful surf. You will enjoy this if you spend 20 minutes or two hours. We arrived at around 11 a.m. and we were the only ones on the black sand beach. As with anything in Maui, the earlier the better. By the time we left, the beach had 50+ people on it....but don't... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We biked there from Travaasa - you have to be slightly athletic as it's 3 miles up and incline. Hiked through the diving caves and hit the black sand beach. Absolutely make your way there - it's breathtaking!

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My family and I love camping here. They have a huge grassy lawn with bbq's, a public restroom, and shower and natural beauty all around. Make sure to get the $15 a night permit because they do come around and check. You can easily get it online and have it before you even get there. They also have cabins but... More

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Halifax, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Went here midday on our way to Hana, swam on the black sand beach, which was really cool. Truly an incredible view. It was a little too busy for my liking, but I bet we just showed up at peak hours. Maybe try for a morning visit, or evening maybe. We walked the hike that is at the end of... More

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