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Iao Valley State Park

Hawaii > Maui > Wailuku
Summary
Length0.6 mi
Elev. Gain100 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeView
The Iao valley was once the site for the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I captured the Maui army in 1790. The Iao valley is considered as the most sacred site on the island. This is also the place where the Hawaiians gather and celebrate their annual Makahiki Festival to offer sacrifices to Lono, the God of Fertility and mark the New Year.

Start the hike from the parking lot and follow the cemented path to the left that takes you through an Ethno Botanical Garden. You will complete this loop within 10 minutes. You will get to know different Hawaiian plants and their uses in daily life. You will find yourself back at the main trail but turn left and follow the bridge. Then cross the bridge over the Iao stream and you will get the first view of the foliage covered rock formation to your right. Climb the cemented 133 steps to a land overlooking the stream for a close up look at the Iao Needle. Also look for the Puu Kukui Crater from there.
Users
Hikers, Dogs

Best time to go
Throughout the year. The best time to go is in the mornings when the sky is clear.

Cost
None

Maps
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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 52.844' N
156° 32.739' W

Driving Directions:
Take Hwy.32 which is west of Wailuku in central Maui and turn to the Iao Valley Road where you will get the parking area.
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Weather Report for Wailuku, HI
Mostly cloudy. Haze in the evening. Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 57 to 68. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 72.7° F
Relative Humidity: 95%
Pressure: 29.90"
Dew Point: 71.2° F

Winds from the North at 0.0 mph gusting to 1.2 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.03"

Sunrise: 6:51 AM
Sunset: 6:28 PM
Weather reported from Lahaina, Lahaina, HI (KHILAHAI22)
Forecast
Friday
Partly sunny. Scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 63 to 82. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 56 to 67. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday
Partly sunny. Showers likely in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 62 to 81. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 58 to 69. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:52 PM
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