Maui Waianapanapa Beach

Four miles before Hana, off the Hana Highway, is this beach park, which takes its name from the legend of the Waianapanapa Cave. Chief Kaakea, a jealous and cruel man, suspected his wife, Popoalaea, of having an affair. Popoalaea left her husband and hid herself in a chamber of the Waianapanapa Cave. A few days later, when Kaakea was passing by the cave, the shadow of a servant gave away Popoalaea’s hiding place, and Kaakea killed her. During certain times of the year, the water in the tide pool turns red, commemorating Popoalaea’s death. (Scientists claim, less imaginatively, that the water turns red due to the presence of small red shrimp.)

Waianapanapa State Park’s 120 acres contain 12 cabins (p. 148), a caretaker’s residence, a beach park, picnic tables, barbecue grills, restrooms, showers, a parking lot, a shoreline hiking trail, and a black-sand beach (it’s actually small black pebbles). This is a 6 wonderful area for shoreline hikes (mosquitoes are plentiful, so bring insect repellent) and picnicking. Swimming is generally unsafe due to strong waves and rip currents. Waianapanapa is crowded on weekends; weekdays are generally a better bet.

Maui has beautiful beaches on South, West and East side.

West Side

D.T. Fleming Beach Park

Kalapua Beach

Kaanapali Beach

South Side

Kamaole III Beach Park

Ulua Beach

Wailea Beach

Makena Beach

Oneloa Beach (Big Beach)

East Side

Baldwin Park

Hookipa Beach Park

Hamoa Beach

Waianapanapa State Park

Maui beaches are gorgeous. You should carry plenty of sunscreen, water and have a great time.