Wai'anapanapa State Park RV & Campground Guide

Hawaii

Wai'anapanapa is a gorgeous state park on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Nestled between Hana and Nahiku, it rests comfortably on the shore of a black sand beach. The name Wai'anapanapa means "glistening fresh water,'' and it's every bit as refreshing as the name suggests. With the scenic views, easy hiking trails, and prime surfing conditions, this is the perfect place to come and unwind with your family. 

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Spring 55-74 F
Summer 59-78 F
Fall 58-77 F
Winter 55-72 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Wai'anapanapa State Park

Maui roads are too narrow to accommodate a Class A or Class C RV, but with transportation and living space all wrapped up in one, a campervan, or Class B RV, is a fun and practical way to see the island with your family in tow. Instead of trying to find a way to drive one over 2,500 miles of water, consider browsing RVshare’s listings to get a rental in Maui. It’s a convenient way to go RVing in Hawaii. 

Wai’anapanapa State Park

Since Wai’anapanapa State Park has an on-site campground, you can stay close to the ocean shore. The view of the black sand beach from this site is sure to take your breath away.

  • Price: $12 per night (for Hawaii residents), $18 per night (for non-residents)
  • Maximum vehicle length: 20 feet (campervan/Class B)
  • Maximum number of vehicles: 1
  • Maximum number of people: 6
  • Wi-Fi: N/A
  • Showers: Yes
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Laundry facilities: N/A
  • Electricity: N/A
  • Pet-friendly: Service animals only
  • Firepit: Yes
  • Picnic table: Yes
  • Shade: Partial
  • Check-in time: After 3 p.m.
  • Checkout time: Before 10 a.m.
  • Site access: Drive-in
  • Driveway surface: Grass
  • Open: Year-round
  • Location: Hana, HI 96713

Kīpahulu Campground

The Kīpahulu Campground is located inside Haleakalā National Park in Hana. It sits on the edge of a cliff that provides a gorgeous view of Maui’s southeastern shore. There are guided ranger hikes along the Pīpīwai Trail nearby, and the beach is practically a stone’s throw away. 

  • Price: $30 for three days max (first come, first serve)
  • Maximum vehicle length: 20 feet (campervan/Class B)
  • Maximum number of vehicles: 1
  • Maximum number of people: 12
  • Wi-Fi: N/A
  • Showers: No
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Laundry facilities: No
  • Electricity: No
  • Pet-friendly: N/A
  • Firepit: No; grills are available
  • Picnic table: Yes
  • Shade: Partial
  • Driveway surface: Grass
  • Open: Year-round
  • Location: The coastal district of Haleakalā National Park

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What to Do at
Wai'anapanapa State Park

Inside Wai'anapanapa State Park

Wai'anapanapa State Park presents many opportunities for wonder and adventure. The volcanic activity has made the sand on the nearby shore a striking color of black, and the strong current on Maui’s eastern side makes the local beaches perfect for surfing throughout the year. Furthermore, the lush island greenery makes every beaten path a sight to behold. Visiting Wai'anapanapa State Park won't be just a vacation; it will be an experience that you'll treasure forever.

Outside Wai'anapanapa State Park

There’s even more enjoyment to be had outside of the park. With hidden gems that can only be visited by hiking, you can’t go wrong exploring the Maui area. The eastern end of the island is also home to plenty of restaurants and shops. 

Restaurants

Hāna Farms Restaurant

Hāna Farms Restaurant is known for a special kind of farm-fresh food. Maui’s rich soil and low pollution levels allow this restaurant to grow its own exotic spices and fruit.

Type: Hawaiian

Location: 2910 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713

Up In Smoke BBQ

Up In Smoke BBQ is known for its island-style (Hawaiian) tacos. Stop in for a bite to eat after spending the morning at the beach. 

Type: Barbecue, Tacos

Location: 213002012, Hana, HI 96713

The Preserve Kitchen + Bar

The Preserve Kitchen + Bar is a gorgeous beachside restaurant located within Travaasa Hana Hotel. Patrons can enjoy live Hawaiian music and genuine hula dancing while they dine.

Type: Hawaiian

Location: 5031 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708

Thai Food By Pranee

Enjoy exotic Thai food among the palm trees and beautiful Hawaiian foliage at Thai Food By Pranee. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu items are available.

Type: Thai

Location: 5050 Uakea Rd, Hana, HI 96713

I Lava Tacos

A cleverly named taco restaurant near the base of Haleakalā Volcano, I Lava Tacos is the perfect spot for a quick bite after a beautiful hike.

Type: Mexican

Location: 5260 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713

Shopping

Hana Surfboard Rentals

Surf’s up year-round along Maui’s eastern shoreline, and Hana Surfboard Rentals rents boards right along the coast. Just be sure to call the owner at (808) 344-6337 before you stop by.

Location: 2575 Hana Highway

I Love Hana

I Love Hana is a store that sells entirely local handcrafted artwork. Specializing in Tahitian pearls and handmade jewelry, this is the perfect place to find a memento of your Hawaiian vacation.

Location: 8 Mill St, Hana, Hi 96713

Ha'o'u Biking & Hiking

Bicycling is a great way to explore the beautiful hiking trails around the island. Rent your bikes or just stock up on supplies for your biking adventures at this shop.

Location: Haou Rd, Hana, HI 96713

Sightseeing

Haleakalā Volcano/The Summit District

Hike the Haleakalā Volcano and see the sky from above the clouds. Seeing the sunset, sunrise, and stars from the ground cannot compare to the view from the volcano’s summit.

Location: Kula, HI 96790, The Summit District of Haleakalā National Park

The Kīpahulu District

From December to April The Kīpahulu District is a good place to spot migrating sea life (sea turtles, monk seals, dolphins, seabirds, and humpback whales). You can enjoy the sights on the guided ranger hike on Pīpīwai Trail or hike unguided with your family along the Pīpīwai, Kūloa Point, or Kahakai trails.

Location: Hana, HI 96713, The Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park

The 'Ohe'o Gulch

Come here to catch a glimpse of The Waimoku Falls, a beautiful thousand-foot waterfall that cascades into what locals call the "seven sacred pools." Nearby, you can take a stroll through the scenic bamboo forests.

Location: Hana, HI 96713, 20°39'51.5"N 156°02'44.8"W

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How to Get to
Wai'anapanapa State Park

From ‘Ohe‘O Gulch (39 minutes):

Head northeast on HI-360 for 12.4 miles and turn right onto Honokalani Road/Wai'anapanapa Road. Keep going for 0.5 miles and continue toward Wai'anapanapa State Park. Your destination will be on the left.

From Haleakalā National Park (40 minutes):

First, head northeast on HI-360 toward Pīpīwai Trail for 12.7 miles. Then, turn right onto Honokalani Road/Wai'anapanapa Road and go on for 0.5 miles. Look to your left to see the entrance to Wai'anapanapa State Park.

From Kahului Airport (1 hour, 48 minutes):

Head southwest on Lanui Circle toward Airport Road. In 0.3 miles, there will be a slight right onto Airport Road. In 0.6 miles, use the left two lanes to turn left onto State Hwy 36. Continue for 15.1 miles and take HI-360 for 31.9 miles. Turn left onto Honokalani Road/Wai'anapanapa Road. In 0.5 miles, the park will be on your left.

Entering Wai'anapanapa State Park

Wai'anapanapa State Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset for day-use activities. Only "authorized camper vehicles" are approved for camping use. Check the park website for additional details.

Day-use entrance fee : $0

Camping fee : $12

A campervan/Class B RV is a great way to see all the beauty that Maui has to offer. Send your best trip photos to [email protected] and tag RVshare when you post them on social media. The team at RVshare and all your fellow travelers would love to hear about your time at this Hawaii state park.