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  • Writer's pictureJyothi Vummiti

Wai'anapanapa State Park/Black Sand Beach - Maui

Wai'anapanapa State Park is located in Hana on the eastern side of Maui island, just off Hana highway. It features some of the most uniques sites like black sand beach, lava tubes, blow holes, caves and gorgeous ocean views. 

Pa'iloa Black Sand Beach, Maui

The black sand beach named "Pa'iloa" which makes this park popular, sees hundreds if not thousands of visitors each day. It was pretty crowded at the time of our visit which made it impossible for us to find a spot at the beach parking lot. So we parked at the lot closer to lava arch viewpoint. As we walked in, we were greeted by dramatic views of volcanic landscape and dense vegetation. The striking contrast between lush tropical greenery, black lava rock and the deep blue ocean was remarkably beautiful. ​

Lava Arch, Wai'anapanapa State Park - Maui

Black sand / Ocean cave

We walked the paved trail to the black sand beach while enjoying more stunning views along the way. The beach is small but beautiful. The sand goes from fine to coarse to pebbles to larger pebbles farther away from the water. It was very black and gorgeous nonetheless. The small ocean cave at the beach is also a highlight.

View from pathway

Gear Used: We used Fuji X-T1 with 18-55mm lens. As a secondary camera Fuji X-70.

Useful Information:

Where to Stay: We stayed in Ashton Mahana at Kanapali. Check out other options. For accommodations closer check here. Getting there: Follow Hana highway 360 and exit to your left on Honokalani Rd/Waianapanapa Rd. Hours and Cost: Open 24/7. No entrance or parking fee. Trail: Flat paved walkway. What to Bring: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, plenty of water, snacks or food, shoes, bathing suit, towels and a camera. Things to do in the area: Do the full "Road to Hana" trip, Red Sand Beach, Sacred pools, Garden of Eden.



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