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Waianapanapa State Park Information

Waianapanapa State Park Information

Waianapanapa ("glistening waters") is a 120-acre state park with a black sand beach, fresh water caves, historical sites, and blowholes. King's Highway, an ancient coastal footpath, makes for a nice coastline hike from the beach to the town of Hana a few miles away, and the black sand of the small sea arch is actually tiny, smooth lava pebbles that formed when hot lava flow came into contact with the cool waters of the ocean and the waves shattered them against the shoreline.

The beach, also called Honokalani, is set against lava cliffs that include tidepools and volcanic tubes.

Legend has it that an ancient Hawaiian Chief killed his wife in one large cave, where she was hiding after her jealous husband wrongly suspected her of infidelity, and that the tidepool waters of Waianapanapa cave turn red at times during the year to commemorate her death. (The scientific reason for the color change is thought to be small red shrimp.)

There is tent camping allowed by permit, cabin camping by reservation, restrooms, showers, picnic, and parking facilities.

Powerful currents and strong waves hit the beach and swimming is dangerous, especially near the rocky reef. It's important to remember not to take any sand from this beach - it's a rare and limited natural resource that cannot be recreated.

Off Hana Hwy. (Hwy. 360), just past mile marker 32, take the paved road to the left.

Hotels, resorts, and condos near Waianapanapa State Park

Resort areas near Waianapanapa State Park

Hana
2.9 miles away (8 minute drive)
Kihei
56.6 miles away (1.5 hour drive)
Wailea
62.4 miles away (1.7 hour drive)
Makena
64.8 miles away (1.8 hour drive)
Lahaina
70.8 miles away (1.8 hour drive)
Kaanapali
75.1 miles away (1.9 hour drive)
Napili
76.6 miles away (2.0 hour drive)
Kahana
77.5 miles away (2.0 hour drive)
Kapalua
80.8 miles away (2.1 hour drive)
Kahului

Beaches near Waianapanapa State Park

Hamoa Beach
6.3 miles away (14 minute drive)
Kamaole Beach Park
60.7 miles away (1.6 hour drive)
Ulua Beach
62.4 miles away (1.7 hour drive)
Wailea Beach
62.9 miles away (1.7 hour drive)
Maluaka Beach
65.3 miles away (1.8 hour drive)
Wahikuli County Wayside Park
73.3 miles away (1.9 hour drive)
Kaanapali Beach
75.3 miles away (1.9 hour drive)
Oneloa Beach (Big Beach)
66.5 miles away (1.9 hour drive)
D. T. Fleming Beach Park
81.4 miles away (2.1 hour drive)
Waianapanapa State Park