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#2 of 2 state parks in Maui

Best trails in Wai‘ānapanapa State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Wai‘ānapanapa State Park, Maui? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, walking trails, dogs no trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Wai‘ānapanapa State Park ranging from 0.7 to 2.1 miles and from 82 to 88 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

This beautiful park is situated on the east coast of Maui and is a must-see for visitors. The park is a remote, low-cliffed, volcanic coastline with camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking. Bird watchers will spot seabird colonies here. You'll also find forests, caves, a religious temple, and a small black sand beach at this wonderful park.

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Map of trails in Wai‘ānapanapa State Park
Park information
Acreage:
122 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
808-248-4843
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Top trails (5)
#1 - Sea Caves and Black Sand Beach Trail
Wai‘ānapanapa State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 20 m
Note: Sections of this trail is closed. Please check with the park page for more information.Show more
#2 - Wai`anapanapa Coast Trail North
Wai‘ānapanapa State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 57 m
Starting from Wai`anapanapa State Park the trail follows a portion of the ancient Hawaiian Kings Highway from Pailoa Bay to Pakaulua Point. The path crosses Pailoa Black Sand Beach and parallels the volcanic coastline above the sea. Going north (left) from the sand beach, this section of the Kings Trail is called Kipapa O Kihapiilani Trail. The full trail is somewhat demanding and 2.75 miles round-trip. Noted sites on this portion of trail: Kapukaulua burial site, two black rock coves, a large lava tube, ruins, and Pukaulua Point which is the site of a heiau and burial mounds. Two small cobblestone beach pockets are revealed along the way. The original trail passed through the area that is now Hana Airport; as such, the trail ends abruptly at the airport security fence. To begin this trail, start at the North (far) end of the black sand beach, look for the trail, and continue to the black-stone cove just adjacent. A bit further the trail will fork, the right fork soon takes you to the Kapukaulua burial site. Backtracking to take the left fork continues the trail. The trail continues on to a second cove. The cove itself is part of the trail, and the trail picks up toward the other side. Wai`anapanapa State Park: Remote, wild, low-cliffed volcanic coastline offering solitude and respite from urban life. Lodging, camping, picnicking and hardy family hiking along an ancient Hawaiian coastal trail which leads to Hana. Excellent opportunity to view a seabird colony and anchialine pools. Other features include native hala forest, legendary cave, natural stone arch, sea stacks, blow holes and small black sand beach. Show more
#3 - Wai'anapanapa Coast Trail South
Wai‘ānapanapa State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 55 m
#4 - Black Sand Beach and Blowhole
Wai‘ānapanapa State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 18 m
#5 - Wai`anapanapa Caves Loop
Wai‘ānapanapa State Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m