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Iao Valley State Park

Iao Valley Road, Wailuku, HI 96793
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  • Iao Valley State Park
    Tom M
    5 Jun 17, 2014

    A lush green oasis that holds a real gem, a rock pinnacle called the 'Iao Needle'. The park has hiking trails and a shorter walking trail - great for families.

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    5 Jun 02, 2014

    Iao Valley and the State Park are titled central Maui's Emerald Gem. It's one of the most enchanting places I've visited in the Hawaiian islands. Stop in the park and then make your way up the paths to see the Iao needle. Bring food and use a grill in the picnic tables area at the park. Don't forget your camera!! So. Many. Photo. Opps!

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    Gail N
    5 Apr 03, 2014

    This is our favorite spot in all the world! You can stroll down to the river, go for a cool dip in one of the ponds, or hike along the river to farther back pools. Also a ridge hike takes you to a high spot where you can see the walls of the crater in virtually 360°. Our Hawaiian friends tell us that each time you get part of your body into the water, you gain a day of life!!

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    Sara Benson
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    4 Apr 03, 2014

    If you're driving around Maui, this is a great little detour and roadside stop. It will only take about about 15-20 minutes to walk around the whole park, but the photos justify making the time. Often the Iao Needle is shrouded by clouds, so be prepared to wait around while the sky clears (or maybe it won't). Bring a picnic lunch.

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    Matthew Crompton
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    4 Mar 27, 2014

    Visiting this pretty, green valley near Wailuku doesn't take all day, but is more than worth the detour.With its lushness, place in native Hawaiian history, and famous rock formation (the Iao Needle) it's just another part of the superlative natural beauty that makes Maui one of the prettiest places on Earth.

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    Megan
    5 Feb 25, 2014

    A beautiful place all year round! The Iao Needle can be seen from below. Take a short walk up and get some great photo's. There are several easy nature trails to take with the family as well. Bring your bathing suit if you'd like to cool off in one of the natural streams that runs through!

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  • Iao Valley State Park
    Ree
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    5 Jan 30, 2014

    I have been here twice, and loved it both times. The mountains are beautiful, the little garden area with taro ponds/patches are nice, and you can actually " hike" a bit. The first time we walked through the forrest and by the stream, and then up to the stairs. But the last time, we just went straight to the stairs as I was looking for a spot to shoot some photos for a shoot. Needless to say we ended up doing it down by the taro.

    My friend who lives on Maui says that growing up they'd go swim in the stream, so I suppose you can do that. But you need to find spots that sort of pool within the rocks. Obviously you don't want to jump into a huge current. I could probably spend hours here if given the chance.

    Love that it's free parking for Kama'aina. That's how it SHOULD be! :D

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    Joanne Orion Miller
    3 Nov 06, 2013

    A historic site, by Hawaiian standards--this is where the islands became unified. The Iao needle, a tall, greenery-covered rock is the big attraction here. A nice walk, not too strenuous, leads to the viewing stand.

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    4 Oct 29, 2013

    The Hawaiian god Kāne is considered to be the procreator and the provider of life. He is associated with wai (fresh water) as well as clouds, rain, streams and springs. Kanaloa, the Hawaiian god of the underworld, is represented by the phallic stone of the Īao Needle.

    It was here that Kapawa, the king of Hawaii prior to Pili, was buried. During the late 15th century, Īao Valley was designated as an ali’i burial area by Kaka’e, the ruler of Maui. The remains of the chiefs were buried in secret hiding places in the valley. In 1790 the valley was the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai. It was the battle in which Kamehameha the Great defeated Kalanikūpule and the Maui army during his campaign to unify the islands. The battle was said to be so bloody that dead bodies blocked Īao Stream, and the battle site was named Kepaniwai (“damming of the waters”).

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  • Iao Valley State ParkPro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    4 Oct 03, 2013

    If you want a break from the beach - the Iao Valley is an amazing option. While most of Maui is pretty dry, the Iao Valley is tropical and lush. You can come here and hike along the river, go for a swim, and pluck fresh guavas off the vines as you go. Come prepared - even when it is hot and sunny in Lahaina, it can be raining in Iao.

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  • Iao Valley State Park
    Katie McMillan
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    4 Sep 17, 2013

    The Iao Needle was the location of one of the fiercest battles in Hawaii, where in 1790, King Kamehameha I clashed with Maui's army in his quest to unite the islands. This is a spot of great cultural significance and trails provide access to explore the mysterious West Maui mountains.

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  • Iao Valley State Park
    Nick S
    4 Jun 13, 2013

    Amazing rock formation at the netrance to the Iao valley - hke deep into the West Maui mountains

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  • Iao Valley State Park
    Brenda C
    1 Mar 22, 2014

    This is a very beautiful small state park with lots of history. It is an easy walk and can even accommodate a wheel chair as the walkways are mostly paved.

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    Maria S
    5 May 28, 2013

    A great rain forest to see and it wont take you all day. If you like to hike you might want to try this easy to get to place on Maui

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    Robert C
    5 May 28, 2013

    It has recently rained, you may see some very high waterfalls. If you are adventurous and not afraid of rushing water, you may take a dip in the river.

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  • Iao Valley State Park
    Nancy B
    5 May 27, 2013

    Impressive lava formations, steep ravines with a tropical garden at the stream's edge, this state park shows off the drama of Mother Nature. Hike into the rainforest or imagine King Kamehameha I waging war on those very slopes.

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  • Iao Valley State Park
    Christine K
    3 May 24, 2013

    1/2 day trip, wonderful green, adventures people can do some good hiking, but you can also just walk up an easier trail for views.
    Be prepared, it may rain that's why it is so lush green!

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    Jack G
    4 May 07, 2013

    This is a beautiful valley with lots of history. Lush and green with a small river going through it, however it can be cold, so bring a light jacket.

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    Mika Roberts
    5 Apr 30, 2013

    Beautiful and green. It always seems to be cool and raining but WONDERFUL up in the valley so plan on it.

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  • Iao Valley State Park
    Arthur C
    5 Apr 29, 2013

    The Iao Valley State Park is a breathtakingly beautiful spot to walk through. The paths are well paved, although if you choose to go to the top lookout you'll find that there are many steps up, and just as many down! Besides the Iao Needle, where a battle for the Kingdom of Hawaii led to many warriors falling to their death, there's a nice garden walkway, and when you leave the park, a multicultural Asian park with separate pavilions for different cultures. A lovely area to spend a couple of hours.

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4.5 out of 5
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Description

The centerpiece of this small state park is the Iao Needle. This natural rock formation rises more than 2200 feet over the Central Maui valley floor. In addition to gentle, paved walking trails leading to dramatic viewpoints, there are also Hawaiian ethnobotanical gardens and a streamside picnic area. Iao Valley was the site of a bloody battle between Hawaiian chiefs in 1790, and according to ... read more
legend the valley is still haunted by ghosts.

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