Hana-Waianapanapa Coastal Trail

Hana, Hawaii 96713

Hana-Waianapanapa Coastal Trail

Hana-Waianapanapa Coastal Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Hana-Waianapanapa Trail follows a portion of the ancient “Kings Highway” from Pailoa Bay in Waianapanapa State Park to Kainalimu Bay in a shady heliotrope grove northwest of Hana Bay.

The hike follows the jagged, windswept coastal cliffs, crossing lava flows above caves, underground tunnels and irregular islets. The trail passes blowholes, sea arches, tidepools and an ancient Hawaiian temple site. Smooth hand-set stepping stones are still in place along the aa lava and cinder path."

Hana-Waianapanapa Coastal Trail Trip Reports

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One of best stops along Hana Highway is the coastal trail in Wai'anapanapa State Park, just before Hana Town. If you are on a one day trip and can't make it to Kipahulu or 'Ohe'o Gulch for the Pipiwai Trail - then spend some quality time at the overlook of Pailoa Bay with that stunning coastline and sea arch, play on the black sand beach, and take the trail from near the picnic area and restroom building heading toward Hana Town. Part of trail is paved near cemetary and parking lot; then you venture out onto bluffs. Trail is black lava rock and gravel; along blowholes - be careful and heed warning signs. Whale watching in season is great from along these bluffs. You can hike as far as you like and then turn around. Best in early AM or near dusk or on cloudy days; can be hot and very sunny with no shade in summer. Wear a hat and sunscreen! Carry water and your camera. After your hike, return to the lovely picnic area and enjoy some amazing views. They recently upgraded the parking lot - was once gravel and mud; now paved. And there is a restroom building plus an outdoor, cold water shower to rinse off mud from the trail or sand from the black sand beach.

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Trail Information

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2.5 hours
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