Black Sand

July 31, 2010

We drove the road to Hana the other day, actually we did the loop – more on that later.  One of our main stops was the Honokalani Black Sand Beach located in the Wainapanapa State Park.   From Hawaiiweb.com:

This large beach is set among lava cliffs and the sand is actually small, smooth, lava pebbles. A small sea arch, sea caves, and seaside lava tubes are located in the beach area. King’s Highway, an ancient Hawaiian footpath, leads from the beach area along the coastline for 3 miles to the town of Hana.

This is a stop that is essentially at the end of the line on the road to Hana – and we were ready for a stop.  We picnicked in the Park and marveled at the views.  There are always so much pretty vegetation – AJ spotted a red cardinal of all things in the tree above us – picture below.

After lunch we headed down to the beach.  It was misting rain when we first went down, but after :15 or so it cleared away.  The sand is unique – pebbles are polished round and the look of it is so alien to what you are used to.  There are larger rocks as well – like the lava rocks you see in peoples landscaping, but rounded due to the ocean and tides.  The larger rocks make a great noise when the waves crash in on top of them and the water retreats quickly.  Almost musical.

There are some caves we explored – see Max below – and then further down we checked out some of the other vistas.  There is an ancient burial ground there too.  After this fun stop, back on the road through Hana and home!

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