Wai’anapanapa State Park is located just off the Hana highway (360). The 122 acre state park is known for it’s black lava stone beaches. This is not really black sand as much as it is sandy gravel.
Additionally there are trails that you can walk that will take you to lava tubes, caves, blow holes around the park. There is access to 2 caves via a labyrinth cut through hau grove on a loop trail. The caves are filled with freshwater that floats above salt water.
Waiʻanapanapa means “glistening fresh water” in the Hawaiian language, referring to nearby fresh water streams and sparkling pools.
The lush greenery and the stream make for a magical experience. It is not uncommon for this park to get rain often.
Camping is available at this state park but you will need to purchase a permit.
Camping Rates: HI Residents: $12 per night for up to 6 persons; $2 per night for each additional person. Maximum fee per night: $20. Non-residents: $18 per night for up to 6 persons; $3 per night for each additional person. Maximum fee per night: $30. Children 2 and under free. Must have a tent or authorized camper van.