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 Travel Tips
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Iao Valley State Park
- 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
- Rent a cab or drive a car to the valley.
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94.94% 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 Reviews & Ratings
Just go! Seriously! It's gorgeous. Most of the main trails are paved and it is easy to get around. That should not scare hiker types away though. There are formal and informal unpaved trails and everything is beautiful wherever you are. It's easy to spend 30 minutes or a whole day exploring the beauty.
Tucked in a beautiful valley Iao Valley State Park is a must see for those who visit Maui. A 0.6 mile path takes you through and over a bridge that allows picturesque views of the Iao Needle that rises 1200ft over the valley floor. There are plenty of photo opportunities here with the magnificent mountains that tower over you from both sides of the park. Not an overly strenuous walk/hike but there are steps and hills that some may find difficult. Parking is $5.00 per car and even though there are many parking spots on the paved lot, parking fills fast and you may have to park on the road outside the pay booth. We say many people parking on the road and taking the short walk into the park to avoid the $5.00 parking fee.
Wished we had more time here but this place was absolutely stunning! Parking was $5 for non locals. The lot itself is small but we came later in the day so there were plenty. There's convenient walkways that lead you up and down the area. Paths off the walkway can be taken to dip your feet into the cool stream. The hills were filled with lush green plant life. It was one of the nicest places I've seen in person.
We needed at least 2 more hours to see everything. Glorious party and you really understand why ancient Hawaiians considered it a sacred place. The rivers are cool and some really savvy locals brought chairs to sit on along the river just to read. Next time I may do the same!
The history of this place is wonderful being the look out for the Hawaiians back in the day. They have restrooms at the base and nice trails. When we went we were only able to do a little part due to the flooding they had some trails were washed away and closed off. Well worth checking out it makes you feel so small in such a big valley.