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Iao Valley State Monument

'Iao Valley Rd, Hwy 32

A paved 0.6 mile walk provides a scenic viewpoint of Kuka‘emoku (Ê»Iao Needle), an erosional feature which abruptly rises 1200 feet from the valley floor. Learn about the plants brought by the Hawaiians who settled in Ê»Iao Valley by taking a short walk through a botanical garden.

This valley is rich in cultural and spiritual values and is the site of the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790. (6.2 acres)


Naomi Overton

Sunday, July 8, 2018
A beautiful state Park that is so very peaceful. Great little walk up to view the Iao Needle with some trails that lead along the Iao stream. We found a quiet peaceful spot and sat quietly for what felt like hours before heading back through the jungle trails. We stopped off at the monument gardens which were cute and well maintained. Some beautiful picturesque views and stunning scenery.

J Moore

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Was one of the first places we visited in Maui on our first trip 20+yrs ago. The Good: Read the plaques. VERY informative info about Valley. Beautiful Valley. TRULY magical place!!! The Cons: $5 for parking that you may not even get to use. Small lot and you just have to go around and around until something opens up. Bathrooms are a joke. They built a bathroom Year’s ago, but hasn’t worked forever. Now you get to use horrible portable potties. Crowds can be a little unruly. Many do NOT respect the marked off areas and jump rails to go wherever they want. We saw several Europeans do this on this last trip.

adam toy

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
This small but historically significant location is close to the airport and easy to get to. PROS: simple to navigate and easy walking paths for those adverse to steep hikes. $5.00 park entrance (at the time of this review). Plenty of photo opportunities. CONS: limited parking (as with most places in HI). Can be crowded. Restrooms were out of order and Porta-Potties placed near the far end of the parking lot, so some walking but not a deal breaker. OVERALL: recommend stop as it's close to the airport and very scenic.

Juan de Dios Garcia

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Speak to the Gods from where Gods and Kings lay. This monumental Park is a quick drive from anywhere on the island. There a places to wade in a stream or even jump off a small boulder into a pool. Do go to the top scenic point and have a moment to meditate and breathe. Very energetic and relaxing. You’ll love every moment.

K Young

Friday, June 15, 2018
Beautiful place for hiking, good views, and swimming. They started charging for parking, but you can park further down the road for free. The bathrooms were closed but they had porter potties which were decently clean. Next time I'll bring my swim suit and stay a while longer (for the river, not the porter potties). Definitely worth the visit.

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