Iao Valley State Park, Maui

Currently 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
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About Iao Valley State Park, Maui

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.

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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Iao Valley State Park, Maui Reviews

  • Very beautiful park. It is open again in January 2018. This is a quick trip; a bit like the road to Hana but in miniature. Some of the extra paths seemed closed still, but the main “hike” is open. Great for families, but you probably won’t stay more than an hour.

  • We die the sort walk up to the lookout to see the "needle". The best time to visit is early morning before the clouds are slowly making their way into the valley. We arrived at 7am right after the gates were opened and had the place for ourselves for the first 30 minutes. Unfortunately the botanic garden attached to the trail is not really maintained and the walk is relatively short and not really a hike.

  • Ancient sacred valley with good lush-green mountain views all around. But the park itself seemed artificial and tourist-y due to the way it has been maintained. Parking is right in the center of the park (in the middle of mountains, water stream etc) spoiling the natural wilderness. $5 entrance fee per vehicle. Ok for a quick 15-minute stop and a few photos.

  • One of the most beautiful places on the island. Certainly a hotbed for Spiritual activity and just an amazing beautiful spot to enjoy Paradise. We always go here every time we visit Maui. We reside in Ashland Oregon but will be returning soon and we are taking our daughter to the needle. Long live the Hawaiian Kings!

  • Great natural beauty here in Maui. Reopened 11-2017 after a year's repair of storm damage. You can climb down to the river to enjoy the refreshment of the ricer. Locals can get in free but if you are visiting it costs $5. Well worth the price for a great day in paradise.

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