Waiʻanapanapa State Park
The showpiece of Waiʻanapanapa State Park is Paʻiloa Beach, but the park’s attractions don’t stop there. In addition to basking on the black-sand shores, you can explore lava tube caves, hike a coastal trail that leads from the park to Hana, and pay your respects at a historic burial site.xa0
Explore Waiʻanapanapa State Park on a Road to Hana driving tour, which allow you to focus on the scenery rather than the road. Most tours cover the park’s black-sand beaches, waterfalls, and overlooks, plus the town of Hana.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Waiʻanapanapa State Park is free to enter and also offers free parking.
- The park has numerous campsites and cabins. Campgrounds have bathrooms, drinking water, and showers.
- Cabin reservations must be made three days prior to check-in and wheelchair-accessible cabins are available.
- Bring water shoes—the black-sand beach is not as soft as some of Maui’s other beaches.
How to Get There
The state park is located on the Road to Hana at mile marker 32—just before the town of Hana. You can make the 5-hour drive from Kahului yourself or hop on a tour and let someone else do the driving while you enjoy the views.
When to Get There
Waiʻanapanapa State Park is a great place to cool off in the midday heat or watch the sunset over the ocean. Keep in mind that the park is on the windward side of the island, so you should be prepared for rainstorms year-round.
Driving the Road to Hana The Road to Hana is a famous coastal road that takes you through more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) of verdant jungle, sharp curves, and narrow bridges. In addition to countless ocean vistas, the route encompasses Waikani Falls and Wailua Falls. Along the highway, you can find roadside stands selling snacks and fruit, so bring cash in small denominations.