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Description - Wai'anapanapa State Park lies on the eastern Maui coast, which contains a variety of volcanic formations. This is a remote, wild, low-cliffed volcanic coastline offering solitude and respite from urban life.

Attractions - Caves, arches, black beaches, sea stacks, blow holes, a native hala forest, a heiau (religions site) are present within the 122 acres of Wai'anapanapa. An old Hawaiian coastal trail leads along the scenic shoreline approximately two miles and ends at Kainalimu Bay, a mile north of Hana. Facilities at this site include cabins, campsites, picnic tables and restrooms.

Wai'anapanapa's 12 cabins sleep six people each. The cabins consist of a kitchen/living area, a bathroom and bedroom. Each unit is furnished with bedroom and kitchen furniture, electric range, refrigerator, hot shower, bathroom, linens, towels and cooking and eating utensils. Contact Maui District of Hawai'i State Parks for reservations and further information.

The Wai'anapanapa Campground can accommodate up to 60 people. A camping permit is required. Contact Contact Maui District of Hawai'i State Parks for reservations and further information.

Recreation - Wai'anapanapa State Park provides a variety of activities for visitors. Exploring, hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, cabin stays and picnicking are available at this facility.

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 - This state facility is located on the western shore of Maui three miles north of Hana. To access this park follow the Wai'anapanapa Road from the Hana Highway. It is 53 miles east of the Kahului Airport.

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Filed By: LizardLegs (Fort Bragg, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We stayed 2 nights in the cabins after 4 nights on the south side in a very nice Ohana. We are very glad we stayed on the Hana side, but were a bit disappointed in the cabins. THE BAD: They are pretty much as shown on the website, but dirtier because they rely on the occupants to clean upon departure. There is no deposit to be lost, so I do not think most people put much (if any) effort into cleaning up. The beds were not comfortable. There are BIG windows with no curtains. The linens were clean, but very worn. You can find better dishes and cookware at a cheap garge sale. I would have preferred camping except that I didn't want to haul the gear on the plane. They do provide a can of Raid in every cabin. We left a box of cereal on the counter for <30 min and it had small bugs all over and in it. After that we kept our food in our car or in the fridge (which was clean and functional). (I avoid using poisons around myself or my food). The black sand beach was not swimmable due to man-o-war and jellyfish warnings. We swam at Red Sand and Hamoa. Both were superb. THE GOOD: It is a lovely, quiet spot. The spacious cabins afford glimpses of the ocean and are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. There are BIG windows. Mosquitos were minimal. Geckos were around but not a nuisance. It rained all night and the wind blew and it was wonderful. The coastal trail is beautiful and we saw only one solitary fisherman when we walked it. The seclusion was a welcome respite from South and west Maui where we had more creature comforts and more crowds. BOTTOM LINE: If you are into the nature of the island, hiking, and solitude; and can put up with a few inconveniences, then you will appreciate this place. If you stay in the cabins, bring paper towels (paper plares?), food, beer (the cabins look alot better after a few) maybe your own bedding/towel and a hammock if you have the space in your luggage. Plan on doing some pre-cleaning, try to leave the cabin cleaner than you found it. I think these cabins would be an excellent place for a work exchange or service project by a scout troop (cleaning,painting).

Filed By: Allan (Graham, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We stayed 4 nights tent camping. It is a nice place, even though we had to drive "The Highway" twice-a-day. Many have advised all to bring food. It is a good idea. As backpackers, we make our own dehydrated food. We brought a lot from home (Washington State) which saved us a lot in food expenses. Also, make sure you have plenty of gas for your vehicle as gas in Hana is the most expensive in the nation. The views in the area are splendid. We also went both directions from the park to other parts of the island. The time difference was not much either way.

Filed By: Janine
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful hidden cave on beach. Bring own food!!! Rustic but so incredible and isolated. We spent two nights then 12 nights in expensive plush condo.... kids loved the cabins!! worth the primitivness!!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: We had reservations at a cabin in the State Park but found it way too rustic. We are campers and backpackers, but there were so many geckos in the place we just couldn't handle it and went in to Hana Town for the 2 nights we were there. The scenery was incredible and we were sad to leave. There were no comfortable chairs and the screens on the windows were rusted and did not cover the windows. If you can do it more power to you. It was beautiful, but make sure you can live with geckos, etc. We took a trip to the Blue Pool but were met with little or no waterfall and the road was nearly impassable. The Oheo Gulch was incredible. The Red Sand Beach (nude beach) had too many children (clothed) to allow one to feel very comfortable about being in the nude. It is a wonderful, private area we hope to visit again. Thank you people of Hana for maintaining your culture. We will go back as soon as possible. Mahalo, Sue

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: we spent two nights camping at this awesome state park.the park is clean and there is a good shower.I would definatly camp there again..

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We spent five nights in a cabin at Wai'anapanapa State Park this past June. We had a great time seeing all the breathtaking sites in the area. I would strongly recommend bringing lots of food, though. It is very expensive in Hana and limited resources for food. If there is a way to bring your own meats to cook, DO IT!!!! We didn't go prepared and that was my one regret. The cabins are fine, though. You may want to bring your own linens, though, as the ones they provide are pretty ragged. I would definitely go again, though. True paradise! Fans from North Carolina of Maui!!!!!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Shore fishing.
ICON Picnicking The park provides a picnic area.

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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:
Hawaii State Parks - Hawai'i's State Park System is comprised of 52 state parks encompassing nearly 25,000 acres on the 5 major islands.
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.
Maui State Parks - Maui's state parks preserve and protect significant natural, cultural and historical sites throughout the island.


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