A black sand beach on Keawaiki Bay, Honokalani Beach is located within Waianapanapa State Park and has views towards a sea arch. Considered sacred to the people of Hawaii, Waianapanapa means ‘glistening water’ and its waters certainly create a powerful contrast of colours between the black rocks and foliage which surround Honokalani Beach on all sides.
Rip currents and a steep drop off close to shore make it dangerous to swim from Honokalani beach most of the year. However, it still makes for an excellent day out or rest stop.
Make sure to pre-book a parking reservation or you may be turned away. Designed to prevent overcrowding, tickets are released at least two weeks prior in several time slots throughout the day. Those arriving on foot can expect to pay $5, and those by car $10.
Don’t be tempted to remove any of the black sand or rounded pebbles which were once used as flooring in local homes - it is illegal to do so. A small number of cabins can be rented for those wanting to experience the beach overnight, with further accommodation options in the town of Hana three miles away.
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