Maui Black Sand Beach

Maui black sand beach at Waianapanapa Sate Park on the road to Hana The Maui black sand beach (Honokalani beach) is located in Waianapanapa State Park just past the 32 mile marker on the road to Hana.

The park has facilities that are in short supply along the Hana highway - restrooms, showers, trash cans, drinking water, camping and cabins.

You even get a great Hana coast view of Pailoa Bay as soon as you get out of your car in the large parking area.

Honokalani Black Sand Beach

Maui black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park on the road to Hana The rocks, high surf, and hot black sand combine to make this more of a photo beach than a sunning or swimming beach.

Honokalani beach was formed by a lava flow that went directly into the ocean while hot, which caused the molten lava to quickly solidify.

Entrance to the  cave at the Maui black sand beach on the road to Hana The quick temperature change caused the lava to shatter into small pieces and form the black rock and sand on the beach.

Don't overlook the entrance to a small cave at the right of the beach.

If you can bend down enough to get through the small opening in the lava rock, you will be rewarded with a small lava rock cavern that has a spectacular view of the ocean and crashing surf right to the mouth of the cave.

Open Sky at the top of the cave at the Maui black sand beach on the road to Hana Once you stoop over some to enter the cave, you are in a large cavernous room with pepples of lava rock for a floor and an opening in the roof.

The deep layer of round pepples make a unique crunching sound as you walk over them - you can listen to this in the video at the bottom of this page.

If you are feeling adventurous, climb up the lava rocks to the opening in the roof of the cave.

Window at the beach side of the cave at the Maui black sand beach on the road to Hana

There is also a group of lava rocks missing in the wall that provide a window to the crashing surf.

You can stand here as the incoming waves crash around you (be careful of rogue waves and high tide).

Waianapanapa State Park

Waianapanapa State Park is a remote, wild, low-cliffed volcanic coastline. The park has lodging, camping, picnicking, shore fishing and hiking along an ancient Hawaiian coastal trail which leads to Hana.

The park is home to a seabird colony and anchialine pools. The 122 acres include native hala forest, a legendary cave, heiau (religious temple), natural stone arch, sea stacks, blow holes and a black sand beach.

Facilities include restrooms, camping and lodging, outdoor showers, trash cans, drinking water, payphone. The park is open daily and has no entrance fee.

Waianapanapa State Park Cabins
Wai’anapanapa State Park offers cabins for overnight stays. Rates are $45 per night for up to 4 persons and $5 per night for each additional person.

Each cabin accommodates up to six persons. The cabins include a kitchen-living room, a bathroom, and 1-3 bedrooms. Each cabin is completely furnished with bedroom and kitchen furniture, electric range, refrigerator, hot shower, bathroom, bedding, linen, towels, dishes, and cooking and eating utensils.

The above information is from the State of Hawaii's Maui's State Parks.

Hiking the Piilani Trail

If you like hiking Maui, try the Piilani Trail at Waianapanapa State Park. This is also known as the King's Highway Coastal Trail.

Piilani Trail map at Waianapanapa State Park provided by state of HawaiiYou hike a rugged coastal trail over largely barren lava.

The hiking trail offers spectacular views of tbe Hana Coast and Slopes of Haleakala, as well as stands of native hala screwpine trees and small offshore islets.

The hiking trail is a three mile round trip of moderate difficulty up and down barren lava with an elevation gain of 200 feet.

Piilani Trail - Detailed Directions
From the State Park make your way to the shoreline at Pailoa Bay (cliff shoreline) and head southeast. The trail is obvious in some areas and less so in others, but it is easy to follow the shoreline where it is not well-marked.

Be respectful of gravesites within the park area, please stay outside of these areas, indicated by low stone walls and stone platforms. Pass the park cabins and Ohala heiau (temple) inland of the trail.

Continue along the rocky shoreline until you reach a boulder beach, indicating the end of the trail From this point, you can retrace your steps, or follow roads leading to the Hana Highway to return to the park.

Allow at least 2 hours for the hike. You may also make a full day of it and continue along the beach to Hana Bay, where food is available and swimming is accessible.

Piilani Trail Hiking Rules
Follow all posted rules at Hawaii state parks
• Hiking Permit is not required
• Mountain Biking is not allowed on the trail
• Camping is not allowed on the trail
• Stay on the trail
• Keep dogs on leash
• Pack out at least what you pack in
• No open fires
• Abide by all park signs such as the one in the picture

The above information is from the State of Hawaii's Maui's State Park Hiking Trails.

Maui Black Sand Beach Video

Click on the PLAY button in the image below to view my black sand beach video, including the cave at the right hand side of the beach.

Return to Maui Beaches or Road to Hana from Maui Black Sand Beach

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