Wai'anapanapa State Park

Wai'anapanapa State Park, Hana: Address, Wai'anapanapa State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Wai'anapanapa State Park
4.5
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Waianapanapa State Park is on the road to Hana, Maui.
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P2687EHlaurad
Watsonville, California44 contributions
Wai'anapanapa State Park
Sep 2021 • Family
This park was amazing
beautiful views of the ocean. A lot of lava rock and caves loved it. Must go!!
Written 23 September 2021
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,076 contributions
A piece of Paradise!
Sep 2021 • Family
We bought our visitor tickets for entry and parking for two shifts. 7-10:30 and 10:30-12:30 and that was plenty of time to swim, explore, hike, picnic before continuing on the Hana Highway. Get your tickets right away when they become available on the website. It is a beautiful park and area. There are restrooms, water, picnic tables. You will need ID and ticket to enter the park. There are also cabins available for camping. That would be a fun adventure. Beautiful!
Written 22 September 2021
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Jess
9 contributions
Beautiful Black Sand Beach
Sep 2021
Beautiful Black Sand Beach! Defiantly worth the reservation! Make sure to book your reservation in advance, not the day before or you'll miss your chance! Luckily, we stayed in Hana for 2 nights & were able to score a last minute morning reservation on our way back on the Road to Hana. Early morning reservations are the best to beat the crowd! Watching the sunrise on a black sand beach was pretty incredible especially for honeymooners!
Written 14 September 2021
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Adri
Lincoln Park, MI2 contributions
Black Sand Beach
Sep 2021
Beyond beautiful! Definitely a place to visit! The best time to go is in the morning, less crowded. Make sure to hike for the beautiful scenery.
Written 8 September 2021
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tammy s
Saint Charles, MO43 contributions
Great stop
Jul 2021
Glad we made reservations to visit this stop along our Road to Hana trip. Of note, we could not get a cell signal when entering the park so had to turn around and go back out until we got service to download/screenshot the QR code from the reservation. Saw several other cars that had to do this too. It's a quick visit with the blow hole, black sand beach, beautiful sea arches and ocean views. It's was smaller than I had envisioned and thought there were other areas in the park we wanted to visit based on reviews/research but we were told to stay on the trail/pathways so not sure if there was another entrance or location for other sites within the park.
Written 30 July 2021
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Rory T
5 contributions
Magical place
Jun 2021 • Friends
Beautiful park and beach. We spent the max amount of time we could here and could definitely have spent more! Waves were a good size for the kids to play in, water is beautiful and clear, we hiked up to the blow hole and past, explored the lava tube. This stop was one of our favorites. The parking attendants were very nice and friendly. We were a few minutes early and they went ahead and let us in. We had the 10:00 time and it wasn’t very crowded. Slow down and enjoy your time here! Oh - and the fresh fruit stands along the neighbors road to get to the park we’re a bonus.
Written 11 July 2021
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lindbeam
Rochester, MN11 contributions
breathtaking beach
Jun 2021
i found reservations easy to make and straightforward, and the staff showed so much aloha! the beach was smaller than i expected but the swimming was lovely and i really wish i'd brought my snorkel gear to explore more.

we did not do any hiking, which i do regret, but what we saw and explored was so beautiful.
Written 6 July 2021
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Thomas C
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Terrible Front Gate Attendant and Unclear Reservation System
Jun 2021
This is a review mainly on service and not of the park itself. I'm sure in the future things will change.

We booked for 10 entries (2 families of five), but were refused at the gate as one voucher only counts towards one vehicle. You can purchase up to 14 entries on a voucher, but no available choice to purchase multiple parking vouchers. No warnings that you are purchasing for only one vehicle parking. Very poor website design and choice of verbiage that does not convey their actual terms.

Front gate attendant was extremely abrupt and rude. We were utterly confused upon entry, but were met with no sympathy/understanding or constructive handling of the situation. She said we had to figure out how to load 10 people into a Sedan for entry, as it was the ONLY way they would honor the reservation. No suggestion on where we can park the other car when we asked and no work around such as making two trips to drop our two families. We really had no choice but to give up on the park and take the loss.

I understand she probably gets a lot of confused tourists coming through, but her attitude was absolutely horrendous. Looking at the bigger picture, whoever designed and implemented the reservation service is the one that should be taking the blame, yet it's the workers and tourist who are taking the blunt of it, which negatively compounds on the whole tourism in Hawaii issues.
Written 1 July 2021
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lisakeg
Allentown, PA251 contributions
Great views from everywhere
Jun 2021
During Covid, one needs a time reservation to get in. It was so beautiful with black lava, green vegetation and blue skies. Paths are good and plenty of picnic areas.
The black sand beach had a little rough surf, but still could swim. Beautiful on a nice day.
Written 29 June 2021
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Bkbak
Tempe, AZ1,157 contributions
Beautiful
Jun 2021
Reservations are required and are pricey based on parking and the number of people going in. Maui is overrun with tourists right now and this place is overcrowded, despite the reservations. It is a beautiful bay with a black sand (gravel/rock) beach. Swimming is not recommended as the surf is ROUGH! I wish I would have had more time to walk around the whole park. Not sure I'd do it again.
Written 27 June 2021
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