Waianapanapa State Park
- Type: Beaches, Natural Wonders, Recreation
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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In Hawaiian, Waianapanapa means "glistening waters," but visitors come to this state park for just that, plust its black sand beaches and intermediate hiking trails. Although it's often seen as a quick lookout stop along the Road to Hana, northeastern Waianapanapa State Park's beauty merits an extended visit. According to a Yelp.com user, "While it's become something of a tourist mecca, there's no denying the magic of this place. ... Composed of jet-black volcanic obsidian sand, this place is otherworldly." Take note that this beach is not good swimming or lounging. The pebbly shore can do a number on your feet, and the waves are often rough.
The 122 acres of Waianapanapa are free to enjoy at any time of day. In fact, the popular (and rustic) Waianapanapa State Park Cabins are some of the most coveted accommodations on the island, and they're located on South High Street within the park's limits. Visit the park's website to plan a short visit. You'll need to book early if you're interested in the cabins; check our Maui hotels page for more information on them and other lodging in the vicinity.