Wai'anapanapa State Park RV & Campground Guide


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.

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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.

Wai'anapanapa State Park Day-use entrance fee : $0.0

Wai'anapanapa State Park Camping fee : $12.0

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wai'anapanapa State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Wai'anapanapa State Park?

Spring and fall are the best times to visit Waianapanapa State Park. These seasons offer the best weather conditions for outdoor recreation. These times are also less crowded than during summer and winter.

What is the climate of Wai'anapanapa State Park?

Waianapanapa State Park is an excellent place because it has a favorable climate that is mostly warm, windy, and cloudy. The average temperatures range between 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Wai'anapanapa State Park?

This park is home to many wildlife creatures, including brown boobies, wedge-tailed shearwater, and mongoose. Common birds in this park include Hawaiian honeycreepers, white-tailed tropicbirds, grey francolins, and Maui parrotbills.

Are pets allowed at Wai'anapanapa State Park?

Waianapanapa State Park is a pet-friendly park. Nevertheless, all pets within the park must behave appropriately and be on a leash at all times. Guests must stay close to their pets as well.

Is Wai'anapanapa State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

This park is accessible for disabled guests. It features wheelchair equipment, ramps, walkers, cranes, slides, and ground-level amenities like restrooms and bathrooms to cater to the needs of disabled visitors.