For those who are seeing black sand for the first time, Waianapanapa State Park is pretty exciting for that reason alone. But with lookout points, lava caves, and great picnic areas, there is much more than black sand here.

Location: East Maui

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4 Responses to “Waianapanapa State Park”

  1. Kris
    3 July 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    We stopped at the black sand beach with a guided tour on our first visit to Maui. We went back last year for a second tour and had blast. The beach, the lava tube, the blowhole, it was great.

    I shared comments with someone on a blog once on how it doesn’t really feel like sand at the black sand beach, more like small rocks. Agreed, some parts of the relatively small beach are finer than others, and we never walked through the sand in our bare feet, it’s still pretty cool. The thought that the sand here is eroded lava rocks from the very same volcanoes that created the islands themselves is pretty cool.

  2. Cindy
    23 August 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    We stopped at the Hana Hotel Maui for lunch with the guided tour on our first trip to Maui. We drove the Road to Hana this year,

    and stayed one night at the Hana Hotel Maui. Spacious Villa overlooking the ocean. and lots of greenery.. If you love the quiet and great place to relax stay at the Hana Maui Resort. I enjoyed my stay:)

  3. Maui Guide
    20 April 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    We always have a great time when we visit this particular black sand beach. The cave I think is really cool. I captured this video http://youtu.be/trKVQo33DFM in the cave there. Listen carefully and you can hear the Hawaiian chant in the background. It was cool!

  4. Dave Kresta
    2 June 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    My wife and I spent several hours in Waianapanapa on our way to Hana and it was incredible. The views of the churning, crashing ocean were fantastic. The “loop trail” is not to be missed…it is really sort of mysterious going down it with all the tree roots and branches seeming to close in around you, and we enjoyed watching some local teens doing cannonballs into a cold pool inside of a cave.


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