Waiʻanapanapa State Park
|Waiʻanapanapa State Park|
|Black Sand Beach (informally)|
|Nearest city||Hana, Hawaii|
|Area||122 acres (49 ha)|
|Governing body||Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources|
Waiʻanapanapa State Park is a 122-acre (0.49 km2) state park in Hana, on the island of Maui, in Hawaii. It is located at the end of Waiʻanapanapa Road off Hana Highway at mile marker 32, 53 miles (85 km) east of Kahului, Maui. Waiʻanapanapa means “glistening fresh water” in the Hawaiian language, referring to nearby fresh water streams and sparkling pools. The camp offers camping facilities, including a small lawn where campers may pitch a tent, and a public bathroom nearby.
Tide pools at the park turn red several times of a year. Scientists state that it is due to of the arrival of small shrimp, however local folklore says it's the blood of Popoaleae, a mythical princess who was murdered in a nearby lava tube by her husband, Chief Ka'akea.
The black volcanic sand beach is a highlight at this state park in Maui, Hawaii, but there's plenty more to see, including freshwater caves, water tubes, anchialine pools, and a natural stone arch. Wildlife is abundant, and on any given day you might see an incredible seabird colony or watch the park's tide pools turn crimson with the arrival of thousands of tiny shrimp.
— National Geographic
Waiʻanapanapa State Park's natural features include:
- seabird colonies
- anchialine pools
- native hala (Pandanus tectorius)
- coastal mesic forests
- lava tubes
- heiau (religious temples)
- a natural arch
- sea stacks
- a small black sand beach.
- Waiʻānapanapa State Park at Hawaii.gov
- Hawaii State Parks: Official Waiʻānapanapa State Park website