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Wai'anapanapa State Park, Hana

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Waves crash along the rocky shore at Wai'anapanapa State Park, home to a multitude of freshwater pools and streams in addition to lush Hawaiian vegetation. You can find the park at the end of a road of the same name, just off of Maui's famous Hana Highway. Explore its rocks, formations, and tubes created over thousands of years of geological activity, as well as the nearby blowholes that can blast sea water high into the air. The black sand beach harkens to the area's volcanic heritage, and you can admire and even dip your feet into the blue waters of the Pacific. Keep your eyes open for some of the island's population of nesting seabirds that frequent the park and the surrounding landscape. If you'd like to plan an extended stay, check out the park's camping facilities. Put Wai'anapanapa State Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Hana trip builder app .
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  • We stopped by Wai'anapanapa on the way back from Hana to see the black sand beach. Turns out they have a lava tube that you enter on the beach side and that opens to the ocean. Throw in a short walk u...  more »
  • This was the best part of the Hana Highway! Black sand beaches, blow holes, waves crashing against the lava rocks, just super cool views the whole way. There's a great walk on top of the cliffs along ...  more »
  • We heard about this spot before coming to Maui. The views were breathtaking while doing a small hike to the black sand beach was impressive and the cave was awesome for some GoPro shots. We loved it  more »

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Located on the southeastern end of Maui--an island known for featuring lodging options for every type of traveler--Hana boasts a single luxury resort and several more affordable tropical retreats. Expect higher prices if you plan to stay near the water, especially if you want an ocean view from your bed. To stay more economically, consider one of Hana's good-value rental cottages, which make up in simple hospitality what they lack in modern amenities.
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