Imagine volcanic rock smashing against rock walls over and over with the massive force of ocean waves—that’s how the black sand beach at Wai’anapanapa 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. Wai’anapanapa State Park is the perfect place to see wildlife, native forests, seabird colonies and more.
Wai’anapanapa means “glistening fresh water” in Hawaiian, referring to nearby fresh water streams and sparkling pools.