view of iao valley state monument

Hit the Trails and Experience the Natural Treasure of Maui's Iao Valley

Be one with nature at Iao Valley, located in West Maui approximately 3 miles west of Waikuku. Immerse yourself in 4,000 acres of pristine island landscapes while following the state park's two paved hiking trails. Take the Iao Needle Lookout Trail to the observation desk, which will reward you with stunning views of the famous Kuka'emoku, or "Iao Needle", an erosional landmark that juts out 1,200 feet from the valley. Brush up on your Hawaiian floriculture while touring the lush botanical gardens found within the Ethnobotanical Loop. Steeped in historical significance, the Iao Valley is also the site of the 1790 Battle of Kepaniwai between Hawaii Island and Maui.