Iao Valley State Park
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- 98%History Buffs
- 94%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 78%Family Travelers
- 76%Adventure Travelers
- 71%Local Culture
- 65%Budget Travelers
- 64%Green Travelers
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- Iao Valley State ParkCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jun 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!Recommended for:
- Iao Valley State ParkApr 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!!
- Iao Valley State ParkMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersApr 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.Recommended for:
- Iao Valley State ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure TravelersMar 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.Recommended for:
- Iao Valley State ParkFeb 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!
- Iao Valley State ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jan 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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- Iao Valley State ParkCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Oct 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”).
- Iao Valley State ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 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.Recommended for:
- Iao Valley State ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Sep 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.Recommended for:
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- Iao Valley State ParkApr 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.