Waiʻanapanapa State Park

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Waiʻanapanapa State Park
Black Sand Beach (informally)
Waiʻanapanapa State Park State Park
Panoramic view of Wai'anapanapa State Park
North Shore Kauai
North Shore Kauai
North Shore Kauai
North Shore Kauai
LocationHawaii, U.S.
Nearest cityHana, Hawaii
Coordinates20°47′8.93″N 155°59′8.35″W / 20.7858139°N 155.9856528°W / 20.7858139; -155.9856528[1]
Area122 acres (49 ha)
Governing bodyHawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources
Florals at the Wai'anapanapa State Park in Hana, Maui, Hawaii.
Waianapanapa black sand beach with a Lava tube on Maui, Hawaii
Waianapanapa State Park on Maui, Hawaii

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.[2] 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.

Natural features[edit]

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[3]

Waiʻanapanapa State Park's natural features include:[4]

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Views of Wai'anapanapa State Park
A painting of the beach
A painting of the black sand beach by Byron Randall
Black sand beach
Black sand beach
Crashing wave and vegetation
Crashing wave and vegetation


  1. ^ "Wai'anapanapa State Park". Hawaii State Parks web site. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Wai'anapanapa State Park". Hawaii Travel Guide.
  3. ^ "Waianapanapa State Park, Hawaii". National Geographic. Retrieved 21 Jun 2020.
  4. ^ Hawaii state parks.org

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