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.
- 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.
- 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
- Rent a cab or drive a car to the valley.
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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 is the out of norm place to me, very spiritual and calming. The ground is so neat, the clouds around you, you can see it between the needle and the peaks. Out of the world feeling. We stop here every time we visit Maui. The hike is very short and rewarding, perfect for younger kids and older too. All ages can enjoy in the fullest!
Short lovely hike. Parking is $5 and pretty limited, so prepare to walk extra if you have a car. The hike itself involves stairs and is about half a mile. It's not that strenuous and not much elevation gain. The view at the top has a shelter for shade. For the adventurous, there is a walkway down rocks to a river.
Beautiful valley, stream, waterfalls, and of course the main attraction *wink*. Easy to park ($5 entry per vehicle). I counted 133 steps to the top, with several small areas for a vista shot if you need to rest. Small, shaded hut at the top with a bench to rest. At the bottom, multiple small trails to get close to the water in the shade. Be sure to check out the Kepaniwai gardens just down the road.
Beautiful and worth a visit. I never spend more than a few hours here because the trails are limited however it’s a unique landscape with historical significance to the island. Includes tropical garden and river system with some swimming.
Beautiful short hike. Having knee damage restricts how long you can walk and limit even more the inclines. But the trails are super short and simple. Restrooms were out of commission but port-a-pottys were available. Parking was a bit hard to find but enjoy the place and be respectful when you get there as it's already clean.