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Sea Caves and Black Sand Beach

Hawaii > Maui > Hana
Length0.4 mi
Elev. Gain40 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
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 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
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 71 at the shore to around 54 at 5000 feet. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 72.7° F
Relative Humidity: 85%
Pressure: 30.02"
Dew Point: 67.8° F

Winds from the East at 0.0 mph gusting to 2.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:21 AM
Sunset: 5:55 PM
Weather reported from WGE Wailea, Kihei, HI (KHIKIHEI4)
Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs around 80 at the shore to around 68 at 5000 feet. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Scattered showers. Haze. Lows around 72 at the shore to around 55 at 5000 feet. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 64 to 86. Light winds becoming east around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 50 to 73. Light winds. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:12 PM
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