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Wai'anapanapa Coastal Trail

Hawaii > Maui > Hana
Length6 mi
Elev. Gain200 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating7 / 10
Discover coastal cliffs, blowholes, lava fields and ancient temples in this coastal trail situated in the north of Hana. This trail was specially made by a Maui chief, King Pi'ilani in the 14th century.

You begin the trail from the edge of the parking lot and head southeast. As you start the hike, you will pass an ancient Hawaiian Honokalani Cemetery and enter into an orchard of Hala trees. Pass the forest and come out on a land that evades the coast. The trail then crosses a deep sink hole which you can peep into to look for foamy waves. Descend through a small inlet creased with black-sand beach. You will find lava creased caves and black rock sea heaps nearby. Follow the black sand and lava rock trail embracing the rim of the beach and after crossing a little more than half mile, you will reach an open heap. Look for the Hamoa Valley to your right.

Now the trail makes you climb a little cliff and reach a flat ridge. Descend the ridge and cross the lava fields and keep on going till at 3 miles you reach a rock-spread beach. From here you can hike back or follow the dirt road before the country houses to the main highway leading to Hana.

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 47.225' N
156° 0.071' W

Driving Directions:
You need to take Hwy.360 and drive past the mile marker 32. At the Waianapanapa State Park sign, take left and come to the end of the road where you will find the trail head near the parking lot.
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Weather Report for Hana, HI
Mostly clear. Haze. Lows around 68 at the shore to around 55 at 5000 feet. Southwest winds up to 10 mph.
Temperature: 70.9° F
Relative Humidity: 82%
Pressure: 29.96"
Dew Point: 65.1° F

Winds from the ESE at 3.0 mph gusting to 11.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:51 AM
Sunset: 5:44 PM
Weather reported from WGE Wailea, Kihei, HI (KHIKIHEI4)
Mostly sunny. Haze in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around 81 at the shore to around 67 at 5000 feet. Southwest winds up to 10 mph until late afternoon becoming light.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers in the evening, then showers likely after midnight. Lows 65 to 70 at the shore to around 51 at 5000 feet. Light winds becoming north up to 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 54 to 79. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 44 to 68. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:14 AM
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