Waiʻānapanapa State Park
Waianapanapa shore

Waiʻānapanapa State Park

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WALKWAYS AT WAI‘ANAPANAPA STATE PARK TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 - see below for more info

 

Hours Open Daily
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Description

Remote, wild, low-cliffed volcanic coastline offering solitude and respite from urban life. Lodging, camping, picnicking, shore fishing and hardy family hiking along an ancient Hawaiian coastal trail which leads to Hana. Excellent opportunity to view a seabird colony and anchialine pools. Other features include native hala forest, legendary cave, heiau (religious temple), natural stone arch, sea stacks, blow holes and small black sand beach. (122.1 acres)

 

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WALKWAYS AT WAI‘ANAPANAPA STATE PARK TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

The major walkway along the coastline of Wai‘anapanapa State Park will be replaced beginning on September 6. The Division of State Parks will be phasing the project over the next 6 months to avoid a complete closure of the walkway. However, the construction of the new 4-foot wide concrete walkway will disrupt access along portions of the path over several months. The current walkway provides access to the scenic lookouts along the coastline and to Pailoa Bay, the popular black sand beach. Pailoa Beach will be closed for approximately 2 weeks, probably in October, for the construction of a new concrete pathway with steps. The campgrounds, picnic tables, parking lots, and restrooms will remain accessible but may require alternate routes during construction.

The project will not affect the rental of the 12 cabins in the park. While the campground will remain open, campers should be aware of construction activity in the area during the weekdays from 7:00am to around 3:00pm.

The existing asphalt walkway with railing was constructed in the late 1960s and runs for a distance of about 1,600 linear feet. The route follows the historic trail through Honokalani Village that was formerly located on the park site. The new walkway will deviate from the original route to avoid visitor traffic through one of the small cemeteries within the park. The project also involves the installation of new stainless steel railings, the addition of 4 scenic viewing areas along the walkway, the construction of new stairways between the cemeteries and to Pailoa Bay, and the paving of paths to the comfort station and campgrounds.

The walkway and associated improvements were designed by Fukumoto Engineering. The construction contract has been awarded to Global Specialty Contractors, Inc. at a cost of $1.5 million. This project is funded with State Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds with funding assistance from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program.

“These improvements to the walkway in Wai‘anapanapa State Park will provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for our park visitors. The routing of the walkway will also promote greater respect for the historic properties within the park. We know how popular this walkway is with park users and we will make every effort to minimize the impacts of construction on their park visit,” said Curt Cottrell, State Parks Administrator.