Highway 360, Hana 808-244-4354 Waianapanapa State Park This 122-acre state park encompasses a lovely black sand beach, dramatic sea caves, natural stone arch, campground, hiking trails, and remnants of the first road built around the island, the old King's Highway.
The black-sand beach is lovely but dangerous for swimming due to strong currents and a rocky reef. Black sand is the result of lava flowing into the ocean and shattering when it comes in contact with the cool water. The volcanic pieces are then smashed against each other and the shoreline with each wave, thus creating the black sand. There is a stone bridge, and, a short hike away, the huge smooth volcanic tubes or caves.
Use caution along the trails as the footing can be difficult. If you hike to the lighthouse, the view is terrific. Useful Information: Wear good shoes if you plan to follow either of the marked trails - bring plenty of water The coastline is impressive, volcanic rock with crashing waves due to strong currents and winds Grassy, tent-only camping areas are available by reservations only - call 808-984-8109 for permit information Rustic cabins that accommodate up to 6 people are also nearby and are by reservations only - call 808-984-8109 for information Shaded Picnic Area Shore FishingÂ· Hiking Trails Freshwater, spring-fed caves HeiauÂ· BlowholesÂ· Natural Stone Arch Pa'iloa Beach (black sand beach) Do NOT take sand from the black sand beach - this natural resource is limited and cannot be recreated ShowersÂ· Restrooms DIRECTIONS: Located off Highway 360E (Hana Highway), just beyond mile maker #32, is a paved road on the left. The state park is at the end of this road.