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by Foxboro Marmot
August 4, 2008
In the interest of full disclosure, we don’t really know how far the trail extends, since we’ve only gone 2 1/2 miles down the coast before turning back. There’s little shade and, while the scenery along the coast can be spectacular, it does get repetitive after awhile. Honestly, waves crashing against black lava, blowholes and lava arches are great, but after baking in the hot sun for an hour, it all seems more than enough. Turn back whenever you've had enough.
Waiananpanapana State Park, off the Hana Highway a few miles outside of Hana, has some interesting attractions besides the coast hike. There’s the Black Sand beach, of course. Most visitors pull in to the parking lot, take a picture or two from the overlook. They’ll walk down to the beach and, if adventurous, walk through the lava cave on the right side of the beach. A few may even go into the water if the sea is calm.
Slightly more adventurous types might take the short loop trail from the left of the parking lot to a freshwater cave - according to legend the unsuccessful hiding place for a Hawaiian princess.
Incidentally, be sure to bring a towel and take a refreshing dip in the cave after your coast hike!
From journal Maui Hikes
July 17, 2007
From journal Great Tips for Hana Maui
January 29, 2007
From journal Weekend Getaway on the Island of Maui, Hawaii
November 24, 2006
From journal Hawaiian Heaven
Saint Paul, Minnesota
October 7, 2002
This is a location on the windward side of Maui where the moist trade winds zip up the 10,000 ft side of Mt. Haleakala, cooling as they rise. So it rains a lot and the lush foliage is proof of that. That and the waterfalls, which are many and splendid, and surprisingly cool, for a tropical venue.
When you reach the park area near Hana, there's a black sand beach, sea caves, a cascading waterfall through the "Seven Sacred Pools" (which locals know are neither seven nor sacred - but make a great story for tourists), hiking par excellence, and much history. So much that there's little time to take it in - if you must make the 50 mile scenic drive twice in a day. That's why a few days camping at Waianapanapa State Park caught our interest. Well! Not camping really, but staying in rustic cabins with kitchen facilities - at a very economical rate. Our first stay cost $7/person daily. Last time, it was $45/night for a party of four.
From journal Maui - off the beaten path
July 10, 2006
From journal Maui Fun!
North Palm Beach, Florida
July 6, 2006
From journal Waianapanapa State Park
by blue rose
February 17, 2006
From journal A Relaxing Week in Maui
September 16, 2004
The cliff here overlooks the beautiful royal blue ocean; a stunning site. Everything in this park was lush green, and brightly colored birds abounded - one or two of them hopping onto our table on occasion to join us for lunch. These birds are gentle and will almost eat right out of your hand. A quiet, gentle, naturally beautiful, unforgettable place. You will find a few picnic tables here (most of them in the shade) along with bathrooms, but not much else. This park is located just outside Hana, so it's convenient if you are staying in Hana or making the Road to Hana trip...or perhaps visiting the nearby Seven Sacred Pools. Waianapanapa State Park: 808/984-8109.
From journal The Quiet, Sunny Side of Maui..