Iao Valley State ParkCurrently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
- Address: Wailuku, HI 96793, United States, Maui
- Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8088826206
- Ticket Price: 5 USD
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Landmark, View Point, Family And Kids, Valley, Peak
Iao Valley State Park - Review
You can see green peaks towering your head in this valley. Located somewhere in Central west of Maui in Wailuku; it is a peaceful valley spread over 4,000-acres and is a 10-mile long park which accommodates a very special landmark, the Iao Needle. This iconic green-mantled rock outcropping overlooks Iao stream and is the perfect attraction for sight-seeing and hiking.
The valley also has a great historical significance on the map of Maui. In The Battle of Kepaniwai-King Kamehameha clashed with Maui's army with an intention of uniting the islands. Even though Iao Needle served as a lookout point; Kamehameha defeated Maui in a well fought battle which ultimately changed the history of Hawaii.
There is a well paved and marked path leading from the parking to see Iao Needle and from the top, you can see beautiful views of the valley. Often covered in clouds, its advisable to have a really early start to get great views. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Maui Itinerary 2 Days.
Iao Valley State Park Information
- Carry food and keep yourself hydrated.
- Families can also take a rainforest walk or explore interactive exhibits at the Hawaii Nature
- Center, which is also located within Iao Valley.
- Restroom facilities are available.
- Go for the trail only if physically fit.
Iao Valley State Park Ticket Prices
- Individuals: Parking fee: $5.00 per car.
- No fee for Hawaii residents.
Commercial PUC vehicles:
- 1-7 passenger vehicles: $10.00
- 8-25 passenger vehicles: $20.00
- 26 + passenger vehicles: $40.00
How To reach Iao Valley State Park by Public Transport
- Rent a cab or drive a car to the valley.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Iao Valley State Park
95% of people who visit Maui include Iao Valley State Park in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
45.21% of people start their Iao Valley State Park visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Iao Valley State Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Iao Valley State Park
Iao Valley State Park Trips
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Iao Valley State Park, Maui Reviews
Don't miss the beauty of this park! It is amazing to drive only ten minutes from what amounts to a desert climate into the lush and vibrant jungle climate of Iao Valley. Be aware that it rains a lot! Have your poncho ready and get set to enjoy one of the most beautiful places on Maui. Also be aware that it gets extremely busy at times and parking can be tough - but worth the hike if you have to park next to the road.
If you have a Hawaii drivers license it is free to park at this beautiful state park. There are three options here: take a walk up the stairs to the viewing of the Iao Needle, walk down before the bridge to look at the greenery and get in the water, or walk down below the stairs to the side of the water. It is peaceful and although there are usually a lot of people around you can find a moment of enjoying the beauty.
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.
The scenery is spectacular and the signs explain a lot about the history of Maui. There is a beautiful garden area. And we wish we hadn't been leaving shortly after our visit because it would have been cool to Wade in the Four Waters. Definitely a place to see on Maui.
This is a beautiful park that can easily take an hour to walk. Make sure to use the paid parking because I just had my rental broken into because I parked in the street parking. It took up a lot of vacation time and money. Everyone I have spoke to about it (police, rental place, a local up there) says it happens frequently. I had a one star experience due to the theft but the park itself is a 5 star park.