Wainapanapa - Black Sand Beach, Hana
This is a beautiful area to spend a day. Follow the trail to the Wainapanapa caves to see where the Hawaiian princess fled her husband and hid in the caves. Then continue on to the black sand beach and up the Kings Trail on the lava rock cliffs for amazing views.
Honokalani Black Sand Beach is located in the Wainapanapa State Park. Usually people just know it as Black Sand Beach. Also its more like rocks not sand. You will definitley need water shoes here. There is a picnic area, campground and cemetary here then you can walk down to the beach. This is also on the Road to Hana and a popular stop for tourist who are doing the drive.
The one thing I dont get is the campground AND cemetary. You wouldnt find me sleeping anywhere near a cemetary. But there are plenty of people here that have no problem with it.
THis is a 120 acre park and theres alot to do here. There are hiking trails, caves to explore, black lava cliff to see. the scenery is so amazing, so beautiful. We only went to the water for alittle bit. It started to get alittle chilly so we walked around alittle bit and we went back on the road. But there clearly is alot of things to see and do here so maybe next time with a little more time and planning we will get to do some other things here.
Wai'anapanapa State Park
this is a must on the road to Hana. I've been to several black sand beaching in my live be none that had so many pretty smooth black rocks in additon to black sand. There are picnic tables and camping areas. Arch of black lava rock and blow hole .. and cave. Some stop here to swim .. the current can be strong so take care. However there were teens jumping off a cliff to the ocean below. There are flush bathrooms and some shaded areas. This is a great place to cool off and swim or have a picnic. Some areas of the beach are sand and some rocks. It was neat watching the smooth rocks roll as the waves came in .. I tried to get a video but it didnt' turn out.