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Haleki'i-Pihana Heiau State Monument- This site lies on the north central shore of Maui and contains structures significant in Hawaiian history and culture.
Iao Valley State Park- This state park features unique volcanic formations and a variety of plant species. It is also a site of cultural significance for pre-contact Hawaii.
Kaumahina State Wayside- This state wayside provides a scenic rest stop for travelers on the Hana Highway. A short trail leads to a scenic overlook of the northern Maui coast.
Makena State Park- This state park encompasses 165 coastal acres south of Wailea on Maui. The site provides access to a variety of beach activities.
Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area- This state recreation area lies high in the mountains near the Kula Forest Reserve of east Maui. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to access the site.
Pua'a Ka'a State Wayside- This small rest area lies along the Hana Highway south of Wailua Bay. Picnic tables, restrooms and scenery make is a good place to stop for lunch on the way to or from Hana.
Wai'anapanapa State Park- This state park provides access to hiking, camping, picnicking, fishing and beach activities. It lies a short distance north of Hana on the eastern coast of the island.
Wailua Valley State Wayside- Wailua Valley State Wayside is a small rest area from the Hana Highway. It provides a good viewpoint of the northern Maui coast.

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Description - Maui's state park system is comprised of eight parks. These parks preserve and protect significant natural, cultural and historical sites throughout the island.

Attractions - Highlights of the parks include historical ruins, exotic and native plant species, scenic views, sandy beaches, volcanic formations and endangered species habitat. Facilities vary from site to site but most picnic areas and restrooms while some offer campgrounds and even cabins.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities at these state facilities vary from viewing cultural ruins to board surfing. Camping and lodging are permitted at two sights on the island. Other activities at state parks include viewing scenery, photography, hiking, swimming, picnicking and fishing.

Climate - The climate is pleasantly mild on Maui throughout the year. Temperatures vary annually between 60 and 90 degrees F. Summer temperatures range from 68 to 82 degrees F with the water usually near 80 degrees. Winter temperatures vary from 61 to 80 degrees F with the water temperature close to 77 degrees. More rainfall occurs during the winter than other seasons of the year and most of it falls on the northeastern or windward portion of the island. Temperatures on this island vary more with elevation than seasons. Expect temperatures to drop four degrees F for every 1,000 feet gained in elevation.

Location - The State Parks on Maui are scattered throughout the island. See the individual park descriptions for locations.


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Filed By: John & Family (Pt. Reyes, CA)
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Report: Summary: It was da kine! Stayed in cabins 4 days at Wai'anapanapa state park. (before doing the West Maui thing) A little rustic but then again the price was great. But having a stove and fridge was great. Bought food at natural food store in Pa'ia. But also bought some chicken and fresh Ahi(tuna)so food is available if you don't bring enough or bring any at all. Tuna and chicken was relatively cheap. Went fishing (whipping) but did not catch anything but a good time. Sites: Go early before the tour vans Blue pool - This was a secret spot but now.... Swam in the freshwater caves with the kids...cool(temp and experience) and saw most of the sites(sacred) at the park with a little hiking. Red sand beach was way cool. Turtles safe swimmimg (natural breakwater) in high surf. Cool hippie types...and optional bathing suits(birthday suits)The signs on the trail are not for real..Kinda like people that put a dangerous dog sign and don't own a dog. Koki and Hamoa Beach great body surfing days were had. Seven sacred pools is worth it. Dive off any rock that is safe it is just like you dreamed it. Again do it early as the tour vans swarm in about 12-1pm Aloha


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Contact Information:
Maui District, Hawaii State Parks, 54 South High Street, 101 , Wailuku, HI, 96793, Phone: 808-984-8109

Additional Information:
Maui - Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. On its shores and mountains are many sites of natural, cultural and historical interest.

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