Place: Waiʻanapanapa State Park
Where: Maui, Hawaii
Address: Waianapanapa, Hana, HI 96713
Last summer my family and I took a trip to Maui, Hawaii. It was a much-needed vacation, and I spent most of my time just laying on a beach in the sun. While planning our trip to Maui, we knew it wouldn’t have been complete without driving the Road to Hana.
The Road to Hana is this really windy narrow road to Hana, a town in Maui. Along the way you pass gorgeous waterfalls, and some really breathtaking views. Our last stop on the Road to Hana before actually reaching Hana was this beautiful black sand beach.
I mean look how incredible the view from above was. I now can see a life where I just live in Hawaii and eat fruit all day long. Fun fact about me: I know how to surf, so I would fit right in. I could have just spent hours on that beach it was so pretty.
The one thing I which I had known about the beach is that the sand isn’t sand, it’s worn down rocks. The entire beach was just pebbles and rocks instead of sand making it a little difficult to walk over in bare feet. However, the water was perfect, and the rocks weren’t too much of a problem, I just looked a little funny walking uncomfortably over them.
Not only could you swim in the water, but there was even a tiny cave to explore, and a walk up to a cliff on the other side of the beach with a different view. Thankfully, the beach wasn’t too crowded with other people and the weather had cleared up from raining earlier that day.
Pro Tip: If you’re doing to Road to Hana, start early. A LOT of tourists also will do this drive and on a nice day, some of the stops will get too crowded for you to even pull over on the side of the road.