Wai’anapanapa State Park


About Wai’anapanapa State Park


Imagine volcanic rock smashing against rock walls over and over with the massive force of ocean wavesthats how the black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park was created. With over 120 acres of beautiful forest and beaches, the park is a must-see stop for everyone on Hana Highway. Shaded picnic tables let you relax as you enjoy lunch before heading towards Hana Town again. Strong currents and hazardous ocean caves mean swimmers should be cautious. Waianapanapa State Park is the perfect place to see wildlife, native forests, seabird colonies and more.


Waianapanapa means glistening fresh water in Hawaiian, referring to nearby fresh water streams and sparkling pools.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Maui
  • Duration: About 1 hour (Road to Hana Tour lunch stop)
  • Amenities: Restrooms, lunch stop, scenic views.
  • Insider Tip: Enjoy the beach but dont take the sand home, resources are limited.
  • Fun Fact: Remnants of the first circle island road, Old Kings Highway, can be found here!
  • What to Expect: Shaded picnic area, local fishermen, hiking trails, black sand beach, lava blowholes, and spring fed caves.