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The One Place In Hawaii That Looks Like Something From Middle Earth

Located off the most famous winding road in Hawaii (Maui’s Hana Highway) is a little sliver of paradise home to a striking black sand beach, sea caves, fresh water pools, and cascading waterfalls. This is Waianapanapa State Park, and it looks like something straight of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth: lush, green, and entirely not of this realm.

Have you visited the stunning Waianapanapa State Park? Be sure to check out these 16 Hawaii state parks at some point in the future, as well as these 11 spots straight out of a fairytale.

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. She is obsessed with hiking, beach trips, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.