Waianapanapa State Park, Maui
About Waianapanapa State Park, Maui
Waianapanapa State Park, Maui - Address, Phone Number
Address: Hana Hwy. near mile marker 32, Hana, Maui,HI
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
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Water Body, Camp, Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot, Bird Watching
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This state park is a wild, remote volcanic coastline offering a break from the humdrum of the urban life. Picnicking , camping, lodging, shore fishing and family hiking alongside Anold coastal trail of Hawaii on the way to Hana are some excellent features of this park. Moreover you can gaze at anchialine pools and see various sea bird colonies. Then there is a very old cave, a religious temple, a small black sand beach and sea stacks along with blow holes.
Additionally to get to the caves, lava tubes and blow holes around the park, you can take some additional trails. The best part about these caves is that they are filled with freshwater which can be found floating on top of the sea water. Waianapanapa literally means “glistening fresh water” in the Hawaiian language which is in reference to nearby sparkling pools and fresh water streams. The whole experience here is simply magical!
Waianapanapa State Park Information
- Camping is available at this state park but you will need to purchase a permit.
- Online CABIN reservations must be made at least 3 days prior to check-in date.
Waianapanapa State Park Ticket Prices
- Fees start at $12 per campsite per night.
Waianapanapa State Park Opening and Closing Hours
- Please check the website for further information on bookings.
How To reach Waianapanapa State Park by Public Transport
- Rent a car or drive to Hana.
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What a beautiful spot off the Hana Highway! Free to visit, easy parking, toward the end of the highway. Black sand beaches, incredible views of the ocean. A blow hole with ocean spray. Lava rocks, hike along the cliff. So cool! This may have been my favorite stop along the highway. Definitely go see it! You can also camp here which I bet would be amazing to have the beach all to yourself in the mornings.
Probably my favorite area of Maui. Great place to explore and find so much beauty. What is better than warm blue ocean water? Not much. But add a tropical jungle to the mix and you’ve found paradise. The natural wave pool brought so much joy to everyone swimming. And that was just one small part of this park.
If we had done more research, we would have packed for a good hike on the trail that follows the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The black sand beach was awesome, but it did get very crowded after 10am. The ocean trail had almost no other people on it only a half mile in. I would 100% recommend this park to fellow hiking enthusiasts who don't mind a day with no elevation gain.
Good place to visit on the road to Hana. Not the greatest camping spot. Must buy camping pass online. Signs at the park now say you don't have to print the pass and can show it on your phone (although I recommend paper copy as they used to require it and you may not have cell service). Tent camping spot is a grass area that all tents are within 15ft of each other when busy. Vehicle camper area could fill up quick (space for 10 maybe). Next time to Hana we will rent a place in Hana or camp at Kipahulu.
One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on. The colors are so vivid, it almost seemed fake. You have to stop at this beach on the road to hana!
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