Wainapanapa State Park


Wainapanapa State Park, a few miles west of Hana, Maui, is a wonderfully scenic location. The Hawaiian word Wainapanapa translates to English as ‘glistening fresh water’ referring to the nearby fresh water streams and sparkling pools of this rainforest area on Maui’s north eastern side. Home to one of Maui’s few black sand beaches, lava tubes and stunning lava rock formations, the rugged coastline offers spectacular sights when both calm and stormy. A great place for picnics, hiking and even camping. Wainapanapa State Park is one of those brilliant gems to be found on Maui.


Below is a delightful descriptive excerpt from Fodor’s travel website about this magical and historical place:


“Small but rarely crowded, this beach will remain in your memory long after your visit. Fingers of white foam rush onto a black volcanic-pebble beach fringed with green beach vines and palms. Swimming here is both relaxing and invigorating: Strong currents bump smooth stones up against your ankles while seabirds flit above a black, jagged sea arch. There are picnic tables and grills. At the edge of the parking lot a sign tells you the sad story of a doomed Hawaiian princess. Stairs lead through a tunnel of interlocking Polynesian hau (a native tree) branches to an icy cave pool—the secret hiding place of the ancient princess. You can swim in this pool, but beware of mosquitoes. In the other direction a dramatic 3-mile coastal path continues past sea arches, blowholes, cultural sites, and even a ramshackle fishermen’s shelter, all the way to Hana town.”

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