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Sea Caves and Black Sand Beach

Hawaii > Maui > Hana
Summary
Length0.4 mi
Elev. Gain40 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeBeach
The hike to sea caves and black sand beach is very short, yet lets you explore some amazing natural wonders. These features were created when molten lava met the sea.

Find a sign in the parking lot that directs you to the left, where you'll find an interpretive sign that tells the story of a Hawaiian princess who was killed by her jealous husband. As the myth goes, the water at the base of the sea caves turns red with her blood every so often. This phenomenon is actually the bloom of aquatic life.

From the trailhead, descend down the path on lava stairs and you will quickly see the first cave on your right. The vegetation is lush here, and makes for a beautiful sight. In a few more steps you will reach a small fork in the trail. The left path takes you to the second sea cave. Here you will also find a grand view of the bay below. Head back to the trail and follow the right path this time. Continue to descend down to the beach. Heed the many warning signs here as the currents and unexpected waves have caused far too many accidents here. Once you reach the destination, you'll find a tunnel in the cliff that goes out 25 yards to the ocean. Extreme caution should be taken here as the water can rush in and smash you against the wall, or sweep you out to the ocean.
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Best time to go
Year-round

Cost
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Hike Featured In...
Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii: Maui
By Suzanne Swedo
 
Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 47.14' N
156° 0.07' W

Driving Directions:
From Kahului or Hana, drive to mile marker 32 on Highway 360. Follow the sign to Wai'anapanapa State Park. Drive 0.5 miles down the road to an intersection Turn left and park and the end of the road.
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Weather Report for Hana, HI
Occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs around 72 at the shore to around 58 at 5000 feet. Northwest winds around 10 mph shifting to the northeast early in the afternoon, then becoming light late in the afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 68.0° F
Relative Humidity: 92%
Pressure: 29.85"
Dew Point: 65.6° F

Winds from the North at -9999.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Precipitation

Sunrise: 5:54 AM
Sunset: 6:48 PM
Weather reported from Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI (KHIKIHEI17)
Forecast
Tonight
Cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows around 66 at the shore to around 48 at 5000 feet. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs around 80 at the shore to around 66 at 5000 feet. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 49 to 72. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 64 to 85. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:58 AM
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