Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach Maui

This black sand beach of Honokalani beach is a small but beautiful gem just outside the town of Hana Maui at Waianapanapa State Park.

By Mann jess (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The entrance is located about 44 miles east of the town of Paia along the Hana Highway.

Wainapanapa is one of Maui's most beautiful places. Worth the trip.

By Pedro Szekely from Los Angeles, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The entry road into Waianapanapa provides a small glimpse of the surreal world on the other side.

This small black sand beach is set among lava cliffs and the sand is actually small, smooth, lava pebbles.waianapanapa-beach_10

A small sea arch, sea caves, and seaside lava tubes are located in the beach area.


There are a few freshwater pools to swim in. The water is always cold and the water levels can change with the tides and rainfall.

Fresh water ponds and tide pools at Waianapanapa State Park Maui

King's Highway, an ancient Hawaiian footpath, leads from the beach area along the coastline for 3 miles to the town of Hana. In this photo, you can se the pathway rise up from the beach and continue head off towards the town.

The view toward Hana at Waianapanapa Maui

There are no lifeguards at this beach. Restrooms and cold fresh water showers are available. The park also has picnic facilities.  Swimming, snorkeling, and diving are favorite water sports of regular visitors to the Waianapanapa State Park however,  seasonal high surf and fierce currents can occur so please excercise caution when entering the water.

The park also has some great hiking trails and hosts a camping area for tents and a few cabins.

Tent Camping on Maui near Hana





About 44 miles east of Paia, Maui just outside of Hana.

Useful Information:

Paved parking lot and bathroom facilities available. Cautions: Monitor ocean conditions closely at all times. High surf and strong currents may be possible, especially during the winter months. Rock hazards present. Obey all postings and warnings.

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