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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 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: 72.9° F
Relative Humidity: 84%
Pressure: 30.01"
Dew Point: 67.8° F

Winds from the East at 1.0 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 10:07 PM
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