During our drive on the Road to Hāna we stopped at a popular place, Wai’anapanapa State Park. Parking was scarce and it was one of the first times we saw a lot of people in one place during our drive. After getting out of the car, we walked down near the blow hole, and marveled at the sharpness of the lava. Søren held my hand tight and Aiden stuck by my side. We wandered to the black sand beach area and made our way down the stairs only to find out the beach was closed due to the presence of Monk Seals. There weren’t any in sight and the beach was taped off, so we moved on.
The short walk to Wai’anapanapa cave was cooling under the heavily shaded tree canopy, though I still had to fight with mosquitos. The cave water was so clear that you could see to the bottom. Two girls jumped in beside me and I felt the cold water splash on my legs, it was refreshing. We walked back to the car and headed on our way.
Waiʻanapanapa State Park
Hana, HI 96713