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“Worth the stop . . . lots to see”

Wai'anapanapa State Park
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Owner description: Waianapanapa State Park is on the road to Hana, Maui.
Schaumburg, Illinois
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22 reviews
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“Worth the stop . . . lots to see”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

It's a little bit off the Hana Highway and we started to wonder if we made a wrong turn, but don't give up. It will be there if you follow the signs. There is a blowhole, but it is not always active (was not when we were there) so you may not get to see that. The views of the ocean meeting the lava rock shore are really beautiful, and worth the time to take in. There is also a lava tube that you can walk into, and watching the waves roll into the end of the tube is pretty unique.

In another area of the park there is a black sand beach, and I was struck by the approach to the beach. While you are still far from the beach the black lava rocks are quite large, but the closer you get to the beach the smaller the rocks get, until they are just tiny black pebbles on the beach itself . . . the action of the ocean over time. There were some people wading on the beach, but the waves break pretty hard there so you would have to be very aware while wading.

There are also bathroom facilities in the park, which can be hard to find on the Road to Hana, so this was welcome. This is a great place to stop for a picnic lunch if that fits your schedule. The trails walking around the park are easy to negotiate, and the only stairs I recall were going down to the black sand beach. There is no fee to enter the park, which was also nice.

Overall, a great visit, and we would definitely stop here again.

Visited October 2012
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Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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“Great Hike”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Go see the seven sacred pools and go all the way up to the waterfall. It seems like it takes a long time to get up there but trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Visited August 2012
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Pittsburgh Pa
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“Great park to visit with cool stories”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Cool story on the path with crazy lava structures throughout and a blowhole! You can feel the ocean rolling under you. Great place to get out and walk around a little after a long drive.

Visited June 2012
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“Jaw dropping beauty”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stopped on our way back from Hana as a quick stop before heading to the airport that afternoon. Had planned to stay only a few minutes, but ended up stretching our stay as long as possible - an hour and a half. There was so much to see and do, I would have loved to stay all day, but was happy that there was so much to see with time we had. We walked out to the blowholes, took the short walk to see the caves, then walked down to the black sand beach and on out to the point. The clear aquamarine blue waves were huge and dramatic, crashing against the craggy lava shoreline.

Visited January 2013
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“Beautiful Black Lava Sand”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

It is amazing to see all the different sand and the textures. The sand here is lava rock sand... and grainy, not soft.... but absolutely beautiful none-the-less. There is a lovely lava arch in the water and a couple of caves. The coastline is beautiful!

Visited November 2012
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