Wai'anapanapa State Park

Wai'anapanapa State Park, Hana: Address, Wai'anapanapa State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Wai'anapanapa State Park
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Waianapanapa State Park is on the road to Hana, Maui.
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Bkbak
Tempe, AZ1,353 contributions
Reservations are required and are pricey based on parking and the number of people going in. Maui is overrun with tourists right now and this place is overcrowded, despite the reservations. It is a beautiful bay with a black sand (gravel/rock) beach. Swimming is not recommended as the surf is ROUGH! I wish I would have had more time to walk around the whole park. Not sure I'd do it again.
Written June 27, 2021
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stjohnbeachlover
St. Louis, Missouri 1,155 contributions
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This was our first stop on our day long trip on the Road to Hana. We were staying in Kihei and it took about 2 hours to get to the park. We had 10:00 reservations and arrived on the dot. We did a short hike to the Black Sand Beach and walked into the small "cave". We then hiked about 1/2 mile up the trail directly behind Black Sand Beach where we had some great views. We walked down to Black Sand Beach and got wet to cool off. We walked back towards the entrance and had a picnic lunch at one of their tables. We were out of the park at exactly 12:30 (when our reservations ended). I believe it was $10 to park plus $5 per person to enter the park and I had to make the reservations at least a couple weeks ahead if time.
Written March 9, 2022
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Katie C
Indianapolis, IN419 contributions
Such a fun place to visit! It takes a bit to drive up to the summit, but is completely worth it. It was a bit cloudy for us, but the views we did have were great. It is cold up there, so make sure you have an extra layer of clothes with you. The crater is also a worthy stop, even if cloudy. And watch out for the Nenes as you drive, they are small and quick!
Written February 26, 2022
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CaliMama12
San Ramon, CA41 contributions
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Unfortunately, after a 2+ hour drive to Hana, plus a 30-min stop in Hana, we were still 45 min early for our 12:30-3pm reservation time at the State Park. We had traveled up to Haleakala for sunrise (highly recommend) and left our hotel at 3:15am. We did not want to sit around in Hana for an additional 45 min. Our crew was restless and wanted to return to the hotel.
The QR code scanning folks at the entrance to Wai’anapanapa State Park would not let us in early. There were three of them sitting under a tent looking at each other as of they had never heard of someone arriving early. The parking lots appeared empty. It was raining and we did not see one car come or go when we were on the offshoot road to the park. Ultimately, between the three of the QR code scanner people, they arrived at the decision that we needed to wait until 10 min prior to our reservation to enter. Even though we were very disappointed and a little confused with their decision (especially after an incredibly long car ride with two kids), we opted to leave and head back to the hotel. We will not attempt to go back. The reservation folks would not refund our $35 entrance fee either. Beware…don’t arrive too early or show up late for your reservation time slot.
Written June 8, 2022
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SGS1260
Columbus, OH208 contributions
Not worth the money for visitors doing the Road to Hana. The new ticketing system is the stupidest thing I've ever encountered It requires advanced reservations that must be made at least one day in advance and no more than 14 days. You pay $10 for your vehicle and an additional $5 per person in the vehicle. You don't get admission for the entire day, but a mere 2.5-3 hours during a pre-selected time slot. If you happen to get bad weather on the selected day of your visit, too bad! Consider it a donation. Also, the Road to Hana drive time is so unpredictable that it is difficult to select the proper slot. If you get there earlier or later than the times on your pass, you are not admitted. We saw people turned away because they were not aware of the new reservation system. During our trip, we planned to stay on the beach for an hour, but arrived later than planned for our time slot and were told we had to be out at the end of our time. I offered to pay for the next time slot and was rejected. It was a complete waste of time and money while we hurried to get to the black sand beach that wasn't exactly close to the parking lot. Yes, the black sand is cool to see, but otherwise, there just isn't enough there for your money and stress. It was a complete disappointment in every aspect.
Written May 3, 2021
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Thomas C
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This is a review mainly on service and not of the park itself. I'm sure in the future things will change.

We booked for 10 entries (2 families of five), but were refused at the gate as one voucher only counts towards one vehicle. You can purchase up to 14 entries on a voucher, but no available choice to purchase multiple parking vouchers. No warnings that you are purchasing for only one vehicle parking. Very poor website design and choice of verbiage that does not convey their actual terms.

Front gate attendant was extremely abrupt and rude. We were utterly confused upon entry, but were met with no sympathy/understanding or constructive handling of the situation. She said we had to figure out how to load 10 people into a Sedan for entry, as it was the ONLY way they would honor the reservation. No suggestion on where we can park the other car when we asked and no work around such as making two trips to drop our two families. We really had no choice but to give up on the park and take the loss.

I understand she probably gets a lot of confused tourists coming through, but her attitude was absolutely horrendous. Looking at the bigger picture, whoever designed and implemented the reservation service is the one that should be taking the blame, yet it's the workers and tourist who are taking the blunt of it, which negatively compounds on the whole tourism in Hawaii issues.
Written July 1, 2021
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Colma
5 contributions
The visit must be planned and timed with military precision. Too bad if your little ones can not be good soldiers. Who, in sane mind, demands visit at the pre-appointed time for a limited time slot to enjoy their visit? A slight delay or weather not permitting means your entrance fees are lost. Such bad attitude towards tourists!
Written May 4, 2021
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Roger D
3 contributions
Lots of buses and people traveling down a very narrow road with plenty of pot holes. Everyone seemed frustrated here including the staff. I don't mind supporting a state park and paying to enter but this one needs some work to make it a little easier to access.
Written October 20, 2021
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Annette W
6 contributions
This is a MUST see on Maui but the State of Hawaii has decided to take full advantage and charge $10 parking and $5 per person for non-Hawaii residents. I can't wait for other states to pick on this fund raising scheme. The state of Oregon could collect $100's of dollars off visitors traveling the Highway 101 down the coast. I only paid because I had people with me who had never seen the black sand beach. I won't pay it again.
Written May 8, 2021
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Worthy Travels
San Francisco, CA397 contributions
Waianapanapa is a destination you must visit when embarking on the road trip to Hana. However, since a reservation is now required to enter, be sure to strictly adhere to your time slot of choice. If you're late, you will be refused entry to the park.

The beach boasts of unique black sand and extremely picturesque surroundings. The water, although a bit chilly to begin with, was refreshing and our kids just loved riding the small waves.

Don't forget to explore the small cave to your right at the bottom of the stairs. It's a sight to behold!
Written July 19, 2022
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