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Where to Get Wet in Hana (Maui)

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A January 2003 trip to Hana by lcampbell

Tidepool Photo, Hana, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: For those who want to recreate in their swimming suits, Hana has diverse options for getting wet. Swim in the ocean, jump into a waterfall pool, or relax on sand of black, red, or gold!

Where to Get Wet in Hana (Maui)

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Tidepool Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Here is a quick overview of places to get wet in Hana: Hana Bay: Great place for families. Safe place for swimming and kayaking. Kayak rentals available. Food available at snack stand. Shower, restroom, picnic area. Walking distance to other activities and amenities in Hana. Red Sands: Clothing optional beach. Short hike to this hidden spot. Has high red cliffs and red rocky beach. Safe swimming and snorkeling. Good tidepools along the trail. No food or water – bring your own everything. Waianapanapa State Park: Beautiful bland sand beach. Great park has lots to offer: trails, caves, tidepools, historical spot, sea arch, blowhole, camping, cabins, picnic area, ...Read More

Hamoa Beach

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Hamoa Beach Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Hamoa Beach is the one that my crew chose most often. We spent full days playing and sunning our very white mainland bodies, and sometimes we stop in after work for just a quick dip and a few runs on the boogie board. It is located three miles south of Hana, and is easy to find following the signs. When I am at Hamoa, it seems all of my senses are at ease. As I look around, my eyes take everything in. Below me is shining golden sand, clean and beautiful. Above me, there is nothing but blue sky. I try to focus on the waves in front of me, but they are ever-moving and ever-changing. Blue, then greenish, a spot of gray, then blue again. White tops on some of them, round ripples on others. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Hamoa Beach
Hana
Hana, Hawaii

Red Sands Beach

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Attraction | "Red Sands Beach - Tidepools, Whales, Naked Hippies"

Red Sands Beach Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Hidden away in Hana, with nary a sign pointing the way, is a small secluded beach called Red Sand Beach. My visits to Red Sand Beach have always provided me with surprises and fun, with new diversions catching my interest every trip. My first trip started with the adventure of actually finding out how the heck to get there. Here is what I can tell you after trial and error. I think the best place to park is at Hana Beach Park. Then walk uphill on Uakea Rd. Just after the ballpark on the right, you will see the Hana Community Center on the left. Just past the Community Center, you will see a closed gate on the left. Walk around the gate and across the grass for about 40 or 50 feet, until y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Red Sands Beach
Hana
Hana, Hawaii

Waianapanapa/Wai'anapanapa State Park

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Attraction | "Waianapanapa State Park"

Waianapanapa/Wai'anapanapa State Park Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Bright blue sky and dazzling green plants contrast against black lava rock at Waianapanapa State Park. This is the startling backdrop for other great park features that shouldn’t be missed. Unfortunately, the tour buses don’t miss it either, but don’t let that stop you! The parking area looks down to Pailoa Bay, complete with high black lava cliffs, a scenic sea arch in the bay, and a fine black sand beach. I have never had a trouble swimming there, but there can be big waves and strong currents. On the north side of the beach starts a one-mile section of the King’s Highway Coast Trail. This is a nice short hike on top of a sea cliff – beautiful! Back up at the parking area, a pav...Read More

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Waianapanapa/Wai'anapanapa State Park
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Hana, Hawaii

Hamoa Beach

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Attraction | "Hana Beach Park"

Hamoa Beach Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Hana Beach Park is located on Hana Bay, just north of Kauiki Head, a prominent landmark in Hana. Rita Ariyoshi, in her book Maui on My Mind, tells the story of Kauiki Head: "According to legend, Kauiki Head, the landmark at the right end of Hana Bay, is named for an adopted son of the Menehune, the "little people" of Hawaiian lore. Kauiki had come to the Menehune on a wave, as a gift of the ocean. He grew to be a fine young man, who unfortunately fell in love with Noenoe, the daughter of the demigod Maui. Maui forbade the union, and when the lovers defied him, he turned Kauiki into the hill, and Noenoe into the mist that comes to caress the hill each day." Fortunately, the a...Read More

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Hamoa Beach
Hana
Hana, Hawaii

Kipahulu - Kuloa Point Trail

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Kipahulu - Kuloa Point Trail Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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On the southeast side of Haleakala National Park, there is a finger of the park reaching down to the ocean. This area of the park is called Kipahulu. The bulk of the area is the Kipahulu Valley Biological Reserve. This is one of the last intact native rainforest ecosystems left in Hawaii. This area, thankfully, is closed to the public in order to protect it. Researchers study the area and attempt to keep it free from invasive non-native plants and animals. Lower down on the "finger" of land, there is a ranger station, restrooms, a campground (free!), and two trails open to the public. The 2 mile Pipiwai Trail is on the north side of the road and goes uphill into Oheo Gulch. Her...Read More

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Kipahulu - Kuloa Point Trail
Kipahulu area, Haleakala National Park
Hana, Hawaii

Blue Pool

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Blue Pool Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Blue Pool is the place to go for THE coldest water around! This pool, located at the base of a small waterfall on Heleleikeoho Stream just before it reaches the sea, is divine in location. The sound from the crashing ocean waves competes with the peaceful shower of water falling into the pool. Your eyes will have trouble deciding which is the more pleasing view. At one time, Blue Pool was known only to the local folks. Now it is written up in all the guidebooks, and is quite a busy place. Busy isn’t necessarily bad, but Blue Pool is just that – a pool. Small. I recommend that if you want to visit Blue Pool, try to go early in the morning to beat the crowds and catch the sun at the best an...Read More

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Blue Pool
205 Ulaino Road
Hana, Hawaii 96713
(808) 248-7308