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Waianapanapa State Park is on the road to Hana, Maui.
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Hana Hwy. near mile marker 32, Hana, Maui, HI
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Had a nice swim in the ocean here, very busy but I'm sure if you plan an early stop it would be more tranquil.

Thank Ray A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful Park - can be crowded and parking can be a little bit of an issue but the water is cold and the waves are strong. I was sad to see plastic on that black sand beach - 21 years ago there was not one...More

Thank Brenda G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This site, at the bitter end of Hana Highway tour, is a sweet ending! Beautiful scenery, black sand beach and lava rock soaring across the ocean. You can picnic there or camp out. So glad we pushed through to finish the trip at this piece...More

Thank Frank P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the stop along the Hana Highway to check this area out and it was worth it. Just beautiful scenery and lots of waves crashing against the lava rocks. Not a place to swim, but lovely for a visit.

Thank Park-Cav
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This park can get quite crowded since it's on the Hana highway, but it has some really beautiful hikes in the lava rock Cliff side over the crashing waves.

Thank Scott H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous park with dramatic views and unique geological features. Definitely a "must-do" for anyone on their way to Hana or staying in the area. We visited on a day of particularly high surf which made for particularly dramatic views of waves crashing against the rocks...More

2  Thank Davebw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the only “black sand beach” I’ve ever been to that actually has black sand! All the way through! It’s easy to park and walk around at the park, and it is well worth at least a half hour or so stop on the...More

Thank dbostrovsky
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited this state park on a Road to Hana cruise ship excursion. Wai'anapanapa was our lunch stop, and we enjoyed a picnic on one of the many benches under the trees adjacent to the parking area. There were quite a few...More

2  Thank Davidjellis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had our daughter and 4 of our grandchildren with us. We all like to hike and didn't want to miss this state park. We have a goal to visit every state park in the USA. This one was breathtaking.

1  Thank Linda97365
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wai'anapanapa will be crowded and parking may be hard to come by later in the day. That being said it offered some of the best views of the ocean along the Road to Hana and is definitely worth a stop. In addition to the black...More

Thank Alexis C
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sandy p
September 9, 2018|
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Response from Mark M | Reviewed this property |
My advice is: Download the Shaka app. Preload it. If at all possible start the Road at or near sunrise to minimize traffic. If time or patience is limited, drive to the place with the black sand beach. Turn around. Part of... More
Zahra K
July 10, 2018|
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Response from Bob J | Reviewed this property |
Access to the blowhole is a bit further away than that to the beach; probably about a 15 minute walk to the former, and a 5 minute walk to the latter. Easy walks, however.
Becky L
June 11, 2018|
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Response from Jason V | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on what you want to see or do. Im assuming the cruise ship hits the west side of Maui, which would stretch the Hana road trip into a definite all day event. A long day. Depending on how much shore time you... More