Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach - Member Hike

Hike Name: Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach
Country: United States
State: Hawaii
Nearby Town: Hana
Rating: 5 stars
Directions: On the way to Hana, just past the 32 mile marker on the Hana Highway, there is a road to the left that leads to Wai’anapanapa State Park.
Total Hike Distance: 3.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Wai’anapanapa State Park Parking Lot
Trails Used: King’s and Kipapa O Kihapi’ilani Trails
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: None
Management: State Park Service
Contact Information: Department of Land and Natural Resources
Division of State Parks
P.O. Box 621
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96809

Division of State Parks
54 South High Street, Room 101
Wailuku, Hawai‘i 96793
Phone: (808) 984-8109
Fax: (808) 984-8111

Wai'anapanapa State Park
(808) 248-4843
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers
Road Conditions: Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: Wai’anapanapa State Park offers spectacular panoramic views of the coastline and ocean. The black lava coast complimented by deep green vegetation creates a beautiful contrast to the aqua blue ocean topped by white caps created by breaking waves.

This particular hike includes an easy loop hike around two fresh water caves, a black sand beach, a small ocean cave, and a longer trail along the coastline that includes a blowhole and countless black lava cliffs. The short loop trail to the fresh water caves leads from the black sand beach overlook area and is easy to follow.

The black sand beach actually consists of small black rounded stones that are somewhat difficult to walk on in bare feet, and the surf is pretty rough, but it’s difficult not to be beckoned into the water for some body surfing. The small ocean cave is along the right side of the beach when facing the ocean.

The trail leads along the coast in both directions, but for this hike, we took the trail to the left when facing the ocean. This section of the trail leads along a blowhole and some stunning black lava cliffs. It’s a short hike, and relatively flat, but well worth the time.



24,800 points


Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach - June 15, 2014 June 15, 2014 5 stars 2 hours Moondoggy


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