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Wai'anapanapa State Park

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Address: Hana Hwy. near mile marker 32, Hana, Maui, HI
Phone Number: 808/984-8109
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Waianapanapa State Park is on the road to Hana, Maui.

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Favorite stop on road to Hana

This was my favorite stop on the road to Hana. Great opportunity to get out and stretch your legs for a good half mile or so walk to the black sand beach down below and back. The... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was my favorite stop on the road to Hana. Great opportunity to get out and stretch your legs for a good half mile or so walk to the black sand beach down below and back. The waves are just the right strength to pick you up and carry you but they don't seem dangerous (be careful though, I'm sure... More 

Thank Kelleen I
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When the incoming waves hit the rocky shore the spray is riveting. Watching the diversity of the spray and trying to get just the right photo is a cameo adventure in itself, along the Road to Hana. Lava can slice skin easily, so be cautious.

Thank orcasgal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great state park with the black sand beach. There's a short hike up and down stairs. Make sure you bring sunscreen and camera and some water. I went into a cool little cave but watch your head. The blow was ok, we didn't really have any good waves that day. I think you can camp. Must stop along the Hana... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Worth the stop and walk. No entrance fee. The sand is far more black on this side than the other 'black' sand beach on the other side of the island. We will come back to check out the blow hole and lava tube and hopefully have low tide to check out the lava caves.

Thank Mihart
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was one place I just had to see and it was worth it. The pictures can't even take in the beauty. You just have to experience it yourself.

Thank Cortney F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's the jet-black sands that draws travelers to Waianapanapa State Park. The shoreline is composed of volcanic sediment. We had a great time here.

Thank Rochelle R
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This black sand beach is lovely to look at and walk through the lava caves at low tide, however, I would not recommend families to swim in here. The undertow was quite strong when we there and I did not feel easy when the children were wading in the shallows. Definately worth a visit but be aware.

Thank familyvalue8
Levittown, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This should be one of your stops while traveling the road to Hana. Unless you've seen or been to other black sand beaches, this will be worthwhile. You can park and take a swim at this beach. It is also a good place for a picnic lunch. There are no facilities here, so come prepared.

Thank Dan9x
Madison Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I am so glad that I stopped at this park. There are amazing sights to checkout. The black sand looks so brilliant along with the royal blue surf. The black archway is great to take photos of. There is a cemetery that is a great thing to checkout. A small lava tube as well and a Blowhole. Definitely stop at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This park was really cool. The black sand is totally unique and something you need to experience for yourself. It's not as soft as say Charlie Young Beach but it's totally different. Something you just don't see. This park also has a really long trail that people don't seem to use much. My wife and I hiked for a long... More 

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