Iao Valley – Iao Needle on West Maui
It’s located about four miles from the Maui community of Wailuku and boasts some of the most beautiful scenery on the island.
Iao Valley is known to Hawaiians as a place where a sense of mana (supernatural or divine powers), exist and ancient Hawaiians named this valley in honor of the god ‘Io. The park hosts a nature center and heritage garden — the Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens.
There are also nice restroom facilities on the grounds. It’s a popular site for visitors and tourists to Maui, and people come to stroll the grounds and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Iao Valley State Park is open from 7AM to 7PM and there is no entrance fee.
Iao State Park was the site of hundreds of Hawaiian battles and the bones of fallen warriors were scattered throughout the area. One of Maui’s most famous battles took place here, and history books refer to this location as a major burial ground for Hawaiian chiefs (Ali’i).
This location was also known as an important political and social center in ancient Hawaiian days.
Directions: The town of Kahului and Wailuku are both on the northern side of Maui and are near the major airport. Take Hana Highway from Kahului. It turns into Hwy. 32 in Wailuku. Stay on Hwy. 32 and there will be a sign at the intersection with Honoapiilani Road pointing you to drive straight ahead on Hwy. 32.
Iao Valley State Park is located just over four miles from the heart of Wailuku, the financial district for Maui that also houses local and state government offices.
There is ample parking at Iao Valley State Park. In additon, there are comfortable, clean restroom facilities and trash containers.
The park closes at 7 PM and cars are towed after the closing hour. Plan on spending about three hours at the park!
Aloha – Enjoy Maui!
Beaches. Maui has some of the best beaches in the world. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina. Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite. Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.
Top 10 Lists. Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants. There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.
Eating & Drinking. Oh, yea. You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui. Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café. For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.
In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and Makawao Steak House. Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.
Ever been in a rainforest? Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest! Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back. Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!
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