I have been to the creamy white sand beaches of the Caribbean, the finely compacted beaches of Georgia’s St. Simons Island and the course salt & pepper beaches of Northern California. But, never have I seen a black sand beach. Until now. Until Maui.

The Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach is at mile marker 32 on the Road to Hana drive. Just one more stop that justifies why the Road to Hana made the Bucket List of 24 Things to Do in Maui.

Counting mile markers whilst driving the Road to Hana, number thirty-two was amongst my favorite, the Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach. After six hours on our travels and a dozen of impressive prior stops, we arrived at the Waianapanapa State Park and headed straight for the black sand beach.
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We parked our car and followed the self-explanatory arrows towards the beach. The path was paved and steep, yet abundantly scenic. This was tricky for my clumsy self.

Watching my footing while trying to take in the beautiful backdrop was a challenge. But, absolutely worth the potential hazard.
Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach Plant at Waianapanapa State Park

After a short descent, we arrived to the beachfront which was layered with black rock all the way to the waters edge.

It started with large coal colored rock, followed by shiny black sand with descending sizes of pebbles.

As soon as my foot touched the beach, I made a run for the water. Didn’t even bother to remove my shoes. I  just couldn’t bare leaving without scooping up a handful of the Waianapanapa black sand. I even thought about sticking a handful in my pocket as a souvenir. But, then if everyone did that there would be no sand left for you to see.
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There were several other attractions at the 120 acre Waianapanapa State Park; a lava tube, blow hole and sea arche. Bonus. Yet, all supporting actors to the star of the show.
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Sea Arche at Black Sand Beach

Have you ever been to a black sand beach? Have you driven the Road to Hana?