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Waiʻānapanapa State Park

Waiʻānapanapa State Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Hana: Classic Road to Hana Guided Van Tour

1. From Hana: Classic Road to Hana Guided Van Tour

Hit the Road to Hana in air-conditioned comfort for a scenic drive past lush forests and coastal views on this guided day trip with lunch and hotel transfers included. See the island's rugged sea cliffs, swim in the waters of Pua’a Ka'a Falls, and relax on the beaches of Wai'anapanapa State Park. Journey to the eastern part of Maui island to see one of the most isolated communities in the state. Take the Hana Highway and learn about Hawaiian history, heritage, and culture on the way. As you continue the journey through the town of Hāna, stop by historical sites and see where the queen was born. Afterward, go beyond the town of Hāna, going off the beaten track. Next, admire Hāna’s ancient lava tubes at the Ka'eleku Caverns. Soak in the serenity of Palapala Ho'omau Church. Listen to your guide as they share the stories of Charles Lindbergh and Samuel Pryor.

Maui: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

2. Maui: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Embark on a self-driving road trip with a guide in your pocket. Skip the crowded tour buses and experience Maui independently, at your own pace. See historic sites, popular attractions, world-class beaches, and scenic hikes. Listen to local stories, legends, and fun facts about the places you’re visiting as well as unique Hawaiian music to entertain and relax you along the way. Experiences you can have on the tour are: • Hike to Twin Falls • Explore Wai'anapanapa State Park to visit a black sand beach • Hike to Maui’s Red Sand Beach • Swim at Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Falls)  • Explore a lava tube • Explore the Backside to Hana • Visit scenic waterfalls • Watch the sunrise atop Mt. Haleakala • Hike the Hosmer Grove or Sliding Sands trails • Visit a lavender or dairy farm • Walk through historic Makawao Town

Maui: Road to Hana Private Adventure Tour with Luxury SUV

3. Maui: Road to Hana Private Adventure Tour with Luxury SUV

Experience the reverse route to Hana in style aboard a luxury SUV and get access to pristine lands in comfort. Avoid excess traffic and discover the hidden gems Maui has to offer including waterfalls and spectacular beaches.  You'll have a full panoramic glass sunroof to witness the beauty and also have the availability to keep all your devices charged at any seat. Your adventure can be fully customized with additional or fewer stops along the way. After a pickup from your accommodation, stop off at Safeway in Kahului to grab snacks for the day. Drive up through the rolling hills in Kula, passing by the Maui Winery in Ulapalakua. Journey through the untouched lands of Kaupo with several photo stops along the way. See historical churches in the backside of Maui over 150 years old. Stop off at Laulima Organic Farm where they focus on sustainability and you may indulge in the exotic fruits grown right from the property. Pass by the 7 Sacred pools or The Pools at Oheo at Haleakala National Park. See the awe-inspiring Wailua Falls with the potential opportunity to swim in a 97 Foot waterfall (weather permitting). Visit Auntie Virgie's botanical flower farm and see a genuine family supporting the local community. Go to Hamoa Beach, Hana Town, and Waianapanapa State Park to experience the crisp Black Sand Beach.  Stop off at Pua'a Ka'a Falls and have one last opportunity to swim for the day. See Waikani Falls, and Keanae Point, and admire rainbow eucalyptus trees flourishing in the Painted Forest.  Visit Ho'okipa Beach Park and witness the Hawaiian green sea turtle resting on the beach before returning to the starting point.

Maui: Private Authentic Road to Hana Jeep Tour

4. Maui: Private Authentic Road to Hana Jeep Tour

Join a private guided tour from Lahaina and embark on a scenic adventure on the winding Road to Hana, the charming route along the northeastern coast of Maui. Take a stroll on the Pailoa Bay black sand beach, see the freshwater caves located in the Waiʻānapanapa State Park, and more. Hop into an air-conditioned Jeep and begin your Hawaiian adventure. Marvel at panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean as you travel towards the rustic town of Hana. Journey through lush tropical jungles and past towering cliffs as your driver navigates the winding road. Along the tour, cross a total of 59 bridges and wind your way around 600 curves, with every turn revealing extraordinary views. Stop at the Waiʻānapanapa State Park and take a walk along the famous Pailoa Bay black sand beach. Catch a glimpse of the park's iconic freshwater caves and discover where the nickname "the glistening waters" originated. Visit the Hana Cultural Center, the Kahanu Garden and Preserve, and the Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park. Along the route, you'll stop at Halfway to Hana to take a break for lunch at Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill, a local food truck serving up authentic island-style barbecue meals (costs not included). Your journey along one of Hawaii's most scenic routes comes to an end back in Lahaina, where your driver will drop you off at your hotel. 

Kahului: Self-Driving Audio Tour of Road to Hana

5. Kahului: Self-Driving Audio Tour of Road to Hana

The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one. This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see. Being your journey from Kahului, cruising along the Hana Highway through Paʻia and past Hoʻokipia. From there, you'll arrive at the official Mile Marker Zero location for the route, and then it's 35 miles to the town of Hana. Discover the Rainbow Eucalyptus and marvel at its multi-colored streaks on its trunks. Then, visit the Twin Falls, Waikamoi Ridge Trail, and Ching’s pond. Continue your way towards Wailua Falls and the Pipiwai Trail, with its huge bamboo forest. Finally, end the tour at the Kipahulu Visitor Center on the eastern shore of Maui.

Maui: Heavenly Hana Full-Day Excursion from Kahului

6. Maui: Heavenly Hana Full-Day Excursion from Kahului

Step aboard your air-conditioned mini coach and prepare for an action-packed sightseeing tour. Discover Hana, the jewel of the Valley Isle. Your experienced driver will take you on a 65-mile trip through a landscape of blooming rainforests, waterfalls, and dramatic coastal sights. Like most adventures, it’s more about the journey than the destination on the Road to Hana tour, so sit back and venture through the 600 curves and 59 one-lane bridges. Start with a fabulous view at Ho`okipa Lookout and then checkout the giant waves on Maui’s famous North Shore Beach. Then, fuel up for a full day of sightseeing with a breakfast bento of scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and hapa rice (vegetarian option available). You will be transported to Kaumahina State Wayside Park to take in gorgeous views of the rugged coastline. Marvel at the diverse landscape, ranging from rocky black lava coast to blooming green Hawaiian taro fields seen from the Keanae Lookout. At Wai`anapanapa State Park, enjoy a picnic consisting of an artisan deli sandwich made with local ingredients, chips, and cookies (gluten-free and vegetarian option available) at this picturesque park. Here you can also see a natural stone arch, blowholes, freshwater streams, a legendary cave, sparkling pools, and a black sand beach. Hop back in the coach and drive through “Heavenly” Hana Town and learn about the rich history of this town before heading to catch a glimpse of the Waikani Falls, three towering waterfalls, right along the road. End your journey with a bit of history when you visit Charles Lindbergh’s Grave, the site of aviator, inventor, explorer, and author, who became the first person to make a non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Maui: Private Road to Hana Full Loop Guided Tour

7. Maui: Private Road to Hana Full Loop Guided Tour

See the top sights on the Road to Hana with a guide on a day-long private trip. Go for a swim at the famous Wai'anapanapa Beach Park, try the local cuisine at the Nahiku Marketplace, and visit Hãna Town. Begin your tour with a comfortable hotel pick-up or at a meeting point in Kahalui. As you drive through the rolling countryside, hear stories of Maui’s bygone plantation era. Enter the dense rainforest and stop at the vibrantly colored rainbow eucalyptus. Admire the stunning plants and flowers and catch a glimpse of the local wildlife before traveling deeper into the curves of the Road to Hāna. Drive down to the Ke'anae Peninsula and see the site of a traditional Hawaiian village. Visit an original stone missionary church built in 1856, the only building to survive the devastating tsunami of 1946. Stop at a fruit stand for shaved ice and Maui’s famous banana bread. Pass by bubbling streams and roaring waterfalls. If you wish, stop and hop in for a swim before heading to Coconut Glen's. Enjoy a delightful dessert of candy and ice cream made from Maui coconuts before lunch. Stop at Wai’anapanapa Beach Park to explore a powerful blowhole, a black sand beach, and a cave that leads to the ocean. Take a dip in the water or sit for a moment to enjoy the tropical beauty of this world-famous beach park. Next, head to the Nahiku Marketplace, a mini-village of tropical delights. Enjoy local cuisine like smoked fish, coconut shrimp, or baked ‘ulu (breadfruit). Find a variety of locally made gifts, including jewelry made from rare shells, spiritual icons, woodwork, glass art, and paintings. Stop off in Hāna town, which housed the seat of power for the entire island in the 15th century. Come full circle around the whole base of the volcano and drive into the dripping forests of Kipahulu. Visit Charles Lindbergh's grave and see a 19th-century church built from limestone and coral. Take a break to enjoy a delicious cup of locally-grown coffee at the organic Laulima Farms before journeying into young lava fields for a stunning view of the southern part of the volcano. Take the high road to get a panoramic view of Maui’s coastline and outer lying islands as the sun sets before returning to your starting point.

Maui: Private Full-Day Trip to Hana Highway

8. Maui: Private Full-Day Trip to Hana Highway

Safeway Kahului 15 min Be able to grab a cup of coffee and grab whatever supplies are needed for the Adventure. Hana Highway 10 hours Ho’okipa Beach Park – Ho’okipa Beach is considered the windsurfing capital of the world, you can enjoy watching wind surfers, kite boarders and surfers challenge the oceans waves and shoreline winds. This is also the Threatened Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle capital of Maui, with 200-pound turtles feeding along the shoreline and basking on the beach all day long. Drive by. Bamboo Forest – The impressive bamboo forest on the side of Hana Highway on the way to Hana. Drive by. Waikani Falls – A very popular set of falls because it is photogenic and situated like a drive-thru right on the road. We do have the upper waterfalls which is also called the Three Bears Waterfalls. Viewing from tour bus. Upper Waikani Falls – A very popular set of falls because it is photogenic and situated like a drive-thru right on the road. We do have the upper waterfalls which is also called the Three Bears Waterfalls. Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread 15 minutes Enjoy the best Banana Bread of your life! Auntie Sandy’s is also where Gordon Ramsey filmed the show Uncharted and he even was awestruck on how awesome the bread is! Keanae Point 20 min Wonder the majestic Keanae point! Keanae offers a tropical Hawaiian scene that makes it easy to want to be there. The Keanae Peninsula is full of lush green foliage, tropical plants, and towering palms. The Keanae Congregational Church, officially named the Lanakila Ihiihi O Iehova Ona Kaua Church, was built between 1857 and 1863 of fieldstone, lava rock, and coral mortar. A massive tsunami on April 1, 1946 destroyed nearly all other buildings on the Keanae Peninsula except this one. Puakaa State Park 40 min Heading toward Hana, Puakaa presents two falls located right off the road with a paved path leading up to both. The park is wooded, with several covered picnic areas and lots of wild birds and mongooses. It is the perfect place to take a break from driving and enjoy the beauty of the jungle and a refreshing dip in the waterfall pool if the cold water doesn’t deter you. Wainapanapa State Park (Black Sand Beach) 45 minutes Waiʻanapanapa means “glistening fresh water” in the Hawaiian language, here is Excellent opportunity to enjoy your own adventure as we provide you a picnic lunch you may take anywhere in the park. Enjoy a swim at the Black Sand Beach or just take in the beauty of what the area has to offer. Stroll the native hala forest, see an ancient heiau (religious temple), natural stone arch, sea stacks, and blow holes! Wainapanapa will take your breath away! stop made for 45 minutes for swiming. Blowhole a naturally created by the when the lava flowed out leaving a cave also called the fress Wailua Falls Stop made upon request.

Maui: Hana Tropical Rainforest Luxury Guided Tour

9. Maui: Hana Tropical Rainforest Luxury Guided Tour

Discover the lush tropical beauty of Hana on a guided tour by luxury transportation. Learn about the history, the stories, and tales of this tropical rainforest that was once traveled by the island's ancestors. See roadside waterfalls, swim at the black sand beach, and jump off a waterfall into a freshwater pool. Begin with a pick-up from your hotel in the air condition comfort of a luxurious Cadillac Escalade or Custom Platinum Minibus. Arrive in Kahului, you'll make your way up the mountain, stopping at an open-air park to savor a light breakfast of mango bread and Maui Gold pineapple skewers. Weather permitting, start with a trip through Upcountry Maui, cruising through the southern base of Mount Haleakala as you get views of South Maui, Molokini, and Kahoolawe. Admire the rocky coastline of Maui’s last volcanic lava flow and hear the history of areas as far as your eyes can see. Take pictures at the base of a 75-foot waterfall, just before lunch. Stop at Kailani Flower Farm and Gift Shop where you'll have a chance to try the island flavors of a local-style prepared lunch. Visit the famous black sand beach located at Waianapanapa State Park. This will be your first opportunity to refresh yourself with a swim in the cool Pacific Ocean, weather permitting. Travel through the deep foliage, valleys and beauty endearingly called the "Heavenly Road to Hana.” Bamboo forests, lush ferns, and various types of plants line the valley walls as you make your way to each of the 50+ one-lane bridges with flowing waterfalls, streams, and freshwater ponds. Your guide will point things out along the way so you can take pictures, breathe in the fresh air and maybe even swim under a waterfall as long as the weather permits. Hear stories and facts about the Road to Hana which was named a Millennium Legacy Trail by President Clinton in the year 2000 and registered on the list of National Historic Places in 2001.

Maui: Private Luxury Road to Hana with Included Meals

10. Maui: Private Luxury Road to Hana with Included Meals

Experience a full circle day tour around one of the oldest roadways in the Hawaiian Islands. Take in breathtaking views of waterfalls, tropical rainforests, and stunning coastal and mountain views as you relax in your own private luxury vehicle. After a pickup from your hotel and breakfast, travel to Ho'okipa (Turtle Beach). Make photo stops at Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees, Kaumahina, Honomanu, and Ke'anae. Go for an optional swim in Puaa Kaa or even take a short hike in Wai'anapanapa. Stop for lunch at Hana Farms, visit Kokī Beach, Homoa Bay, Virgie's Flower Farm, Palapala Ho'omau, Nu'u, Monawainui, and Rice Park. The Road to Hana tour continues around the east side of the island and onto the inspiring "Backside of Haleakala", an otherworldly trip to one of Maui's most stunning areas.

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What people are saying about Waiʻānapanapa State Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 250 reviews

Was thinking of doing the Road to Hanna drive myself but last minute backed out and booked this tour and I am so glad that I did. Our driver Dustyn made our experience unforgettable. We rode in a specious and comfortable SUV and enjoyed the view without having to worry about driving the narrow and dangerous roads. We made stops along the way and the tour is tailored to you and your needs. Our tour guide took us to an amazing waterfall and other places otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to visit. Definitely plan to do this tour again when so return to Maui. 10/10 recommend.

Wonderful app for those driving alone or with others. I enjoyed the turn by turn instruction, even those mentioning rest areas, bathroom availability and food options. I really enjoyed the soft musical island musical background. Great app and would buy for other locations, giving historical info was perfect as it gave me insight to the culture.

Amazing!! Our tour guide Puna was the best. She shared a lot of things about the island and gave us a tour we will never forget. Highly recommend!!

Thoroughly enjoyed this package. It was informative and entertaining.

We had the best time with Shelly as our guide !!!!