Explore Waianapanapa State Park


Added by Abe Blair

Take in beautiful views of the sunrise in a sheltered cove with access to lava tubes and swimming holes. Best part, crowds are pretty minimal. 

Just off the road to Hana before entering the town, Waianapanapa State Park is a great place to stop and explore along the drive. Wainapapa SP offers tent and cabin camping, there is a great black rock beach with access to snorkeling and other beach activities, and lots of short trails for exploration of lava tubes and caves. Some have fresh water swimming holes you can hang out in. Sunrise here is amazing and on high tides there is a cool spouting horn. If you want to get away from the crowds in south Maui this is the spot!

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Known for

Stand Up Paddle
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole



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Nice little beach

Stopped here on the road to hana. Nice place to stretch your legs. Sand is completely black and there is a nice little beach to explore

Black sand beach

This was our first real stop on the road to Hana (after getting some banana bread). The beach is easy to get to from the parking lot, and tends to get crowded so go earlier in the day. Most people are going to be stopping here on the way to Hana.

The highlight on the road to Hana

We stopped here on the road to Hana and wished we had more time to explore. Lava rock formations line the shore and make for some beautiful scenery. Take dip in the water at black sand beach.

A must stop on the road to Hana

Take the time to explore this State Park. It is absolutely beautiful and a great way to stretch your legs between switchbacks along the road to Hana.

It takes a long drive to get here, but it's worth it

This park is really beautiful and located in a less traveled area on Maui. While it takes about 2 hours to get to this beach by car, it looked like Roberts Hawaii was also bussing people out there so it is not as unvisited as it once was. Once you arrive at the park, there are tons of activities. The black sand beaches are beautiful and there are several trails that will take you and away from the crowds. Waianapanapa is a nice place to wander around and relax.

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