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Iao Valley State Park

Hawaii > Maui > Wailuku
Length0.6 mi
Elev. Gain100 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
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.
Hikers, Dogs

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


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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
Sunny in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 69 to 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 70.2° F
Relative Humidity: 82%
Pressure: 30.08"
Dew Point: 64.5° F

Winds from the North at -9999.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph


Sunrise: 5:58 AM
Sunset: 6:49 PM
Weather reported from Pikai Way, Kihei, HI (KHIKIHEI18)
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze after midnight. Lows 57 to 71. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 66 to 83. Light winds becoming northeast 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 56 to 70. Light winds. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 63 to 79. North winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/27/2017 6:49 AM
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