Legend and LeisureMaui

Take in a day at Wai‘anapanapa, a beautiful state park just outside of Hana. Meaning “glistening waters” in Hawaiian, this spot features a natural stone arch, a blowhole and hiking along two sections of the old King’s Highway.

A freshwater pool located in a cave within the park is the subject of a tragic Hawaiian legend, the place where beautiful princess Popo‘alaea fled to hide from her cruel husband. While searching for her, his men saw her reflection in the pool. Popo‘alaea’s husband dove into the pool, entered the cave and killed the princess. To this day, the pool’s water is said to turn red on the anniversary of her death.

Permits are required for camping in Wai‘anapanapa. For more information, contact the Hawai‘i State Office Building, located at 54 S. High St. in Wailuku, by calling (808) 984-8100.