Maui’s Hana Highway: Why not Wainapanapa?
Traveler’s on Maui’s winding-and-waterfall-filled Hana Highway should slow down 2 miles outside of the little town and hang a left to Wainapanapa State Park. Its black sand beach is the best snorkeling and swimming place on the coast–unless the waves are cranking. From the beach, a coastal trail penetrates pandanus forest to the Kaupukalua Burial grounds, and other ancient sites.
The state park also offers a handful of rustic cabins, set in a tropical grove right on the coast. A trail leads from here to Hana, passing the Ohala Heiau on a several-mile adventure.