Iao Valley State Monument
Iao Valley State Monument
4.5
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Located in Central Maui, the park is home to a historic battleground and is punctuated by the 1200 feet tall Iao Needle rising from the ground.
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  • Taylor Morris
    Boise, Idaho120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun little hike
    This is a good place to see the needle. It’s not marked too great, we thought it was just a small loop at first, but there is a path to the left that goes along the water. There are pools where you could sit or play in the water. It’s cold water though so we just put our feet in. It was a good little hike to start off our Maui experience, but not a must do which is why I docked 1 star.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Kelly C
    Carrollton, Texas39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iao State Park and Monument
    Just beautiful! So many excursions are really expensive. At just $5/person plus $10 for parking this is an amazing value. We were able to get a same day reservation. All of the main paths are paved and the trails were well maintained. We spent about 2 hours at the park. The hike to the top was easy and my 75 year old mom did have any issues. We then went down to the river that runs through the park. There are educational signs throughout the park that tells the tale of Maui and the aloha culture.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • smhr
    Pickering, Canada298 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place was one of the highlights for our Maui visit
    What an amazing place. This is really beautiful. I will strongly recommend to go up the trail from the parking lot and also go all the way down to the stream. Going down to the stream is way easier. We noticed that there are leaves there which have black seed attached to them. I never even imagined that this is even possible. There is an entrance fee but if you park on the side of the road just before the entrance.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • jane2001
    Columbus, Ohio193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable Visit
    It's been a few years since we visited Iao Valley State Monument and there have been improvements to the parking area and the trails seem to be better maintained. Some guests park outside the gates and hike in but that actually takes funding away from upkeep. I know it costs a lot ($10/car, $5/person), but the fees really do help maintain the park. The park still has a nice casual feel to the trails and the plant areas with many opportunities to swim and lounge around. We enjoyed the park and hike up the creek. Though the signage could probably use some updating, they do share a good story about the cultural significance of the area. It's a must-do on any visit, but not every time you visit Maui.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 November 2023
  • EliHodges
    Mansfield, Texas22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty; hike involves climbing over rocks/boulders and up trails - fun!
    Wear shoes that can get wet if you plan to go up the trail to the soaking pools. Remember this is literally a major battle site so imagine the warriors fighting hand to hand in this terrain... Be respectful as it is sacred for that reason and others. The clouds never seem to leave this area. One of the wettest places on the planet. Water is cold, but I got in during November for a soak. Bring a sack lunch and go to the restroom before you hike.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Christie R
    Bountiful, Utah7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Permit Required
    The needle is cool. We took the nearby trail and hiked along a stream. You do need to get a permit to enter the area. We drove back down the canyon where we had some bars on our phone. We registered and turned around to drive back up the canyon to the iou needle
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Hrothmir
    199 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop (but park outside the park and walk in).
    The view of the "needle" in the park is impressive. The walk to it is paved and short. The botanical gardens at the site seemed in a poor state when we were there (Feb.). Going to the needle and seeing the botanical garden took about 30 minutes. One needs a timed ticket to go Iao Valley State Monument now. We purchased a timed ticket for entrance and also for parking. I believe the parking was $10. When we got there, we realized many smart people were parking on the road just outside the park entrance (no charge) and walking in (short distance). I wish we had known to do that.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 March 2024
  • froggie93
    764 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful view easy walk, wheelchair ramps for accessibility
    Be sure to make reservations, you can park inside the park there is also some street parking while it looks like you can just walk in there is a fee. We parked street side and I made a reservation while standing at the gate they were kind enough to let us in right away. It was just a short walk from the gate. We are not agile enough to climb stairs but there was a wheelchair ramp and port a pottys on site as restroom was out of order. The views here are great we were able to get quite a few nice photos before we resumed our journey. I would recommend getting a state park pass especially if you will be visiting more state parks during your visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 March 2024
  • docairforce
    Salem, Oregon54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque Valley
    This is a very beautiful valley. Mountains are dramatic and majestic. The paved path was a simple hike/walk for our family including adults, teens and young children. It did feel a little underwhelming (paved hiking area is only about 200 yards) for the price of admission and parking. Apparently you can circumvent the fee by parking outside the gate but it wasn’t that pricey and ultimately you’re supporting a state park which is worth it. For the more adventurous there are non-paved trails that extend much farther and are worth the effort.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 March 2024
  • EpicGuy12
    Queen Creek, Arizona873 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific
    We had planned to visit this place but wasn't sure what to expect upon our visit. Well we were blown away when we arrived and realized that this place was worth our time. We had made a reservation to enter but when we got there the girl working the gate didn't even bother to check. When you first get there you can't help but notice the Iao Needle rising majestically out of the ground. It truly is a sight but there is more to see as you have the river running through the monument and the fact there are trails that can take you deeper into the mountains should you choose to continue on your way. It was well worth our time while in Maui.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2024
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Canada44 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Boring and another tourist money grab.
I know that this is a historical place in Maui, however ... it's just a cash grab if you ask us.
We were looking at taking in the sights on our recent trip and this was on the list.
Again, another place to reserve and pay entrance fee for.
We arrived there, did the 10min max walk to the viewing platform of the monument - honestly regardless of it almost always being in dreary cloudy skies, it's just a big bush on a mountain peak.
There's nothing much else to see in the park. We walked the few little trails it did have that let to boring water runs and watering holes where the locals have taken over in their next to nothing clothes. The botanical garden is an unkept overgrown tiny little section near the parking lot. NOT what we thought we would see.
It was a complete waste of an hour - IF we even stayed that long.
Seriously could've spent an hour and money elsewhere.
Written 11 June 2024
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traveltheworld461
Fort McMurray, Canada3,076 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We made a timeslot reservation online the night before. It was an easy entry process with the QR code. There were signs saying no dogs, but there were people with dogs. It is definitely possible to get lost on the side trails. We had fun exploring, walking around, and looking for chameleons. We didn’t find any, but it was fun. We were glad we brought sweaters, raincoats, and backpacks with snacks and water.
Written 1 June 2024
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Anon Y
Charlotte, NC36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
If you are a strong hiker then you can follow an unmarked (but well-worn) trail at the overlook to see more of of the Iao needle.. You will have jump a railing but no one cares, a local said that they have been doing it for decades. The trail is not a beginner's trail or designed for families, it is dangerous so ******don't do it if it is muddy or if you are not a strong hiker!!****
Written 25 May 2024
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KarenannThe Barefoot Traveler
Auburn, CA209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is very sacred and amazing part three accessible easy to walk wheelchair festival. Even if you can’t get out of the car you can drive around and you can see the monuments in a tribute to lotta Polynesian culture center visited the silent statues places of worship waterfalls, picnicking areas it’s just simply gorgeous to drive alone is breathtaking. A great thing about being a Maui is everything here is just only a couple miles away. This is well worth visiting.
Written 20 May 2024
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EpicGuy12
Queen Creek, AZ873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had planned to visit this place but wasn't sure what to expect upon our visit. Well we were blown away when we arrived and realized that this place was worth our time. We had made a reservation to enter but when we got there the girl working the gate didn't even bother to check. When you first get there you can't help but notice the Iao Needle rising majestically out of the ground. It truly is a sight but there is more to see as you have the river running through the monument and the fact there are trails that can take you deeper into the mountains should you choose to continue on your way. It was well worth our time while in Maui.
Written 15 May 2024
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Taryn S
Sun Peaks, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The views were amazing, the wander through the trails was easy. The forest was really lush, don't let the clouds dissuade you from going! Though it was a bit brisk, it was well worth the stop
Written 13 May 2024
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The Traveling Pierogi
World238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Located in the Iao State Park, the Iao Needle is made from millions of years of wind and water erosion in the Iao Valley. Known as Kuka‘emoku, the Iao Needle was generated by lava from the extinct volcano on the island of Maui. The valley was used by the ancient Hawaiians as a army lookout; Kalanikūpule was the King of Maui and Oahu using this as a protector for his army, but then Kamehameha the Great (also Kamehameha I) unified the Hawaiian Kingdom, defeated Kalanikūpule here in the Battle of Kepaniwai. There are ancient burial cemeteries here, with Kings, like Kapawa, but it was made in secrecy so no one really knows where they are located. The Iao Needle is used for the Hawaiian God of Kāne the protector and provider of life. I definitely felt peace here and had protection from Kane. Walk around the grounds to see the Needle up close and see the river that formed the valley (and the needle) with more of its rich history about the battles here and just be surrounded with nature.
Written 4 May 2024
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docairforce
Salem, OR54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a very beautiful valley. Mountains are dramatic and majestic. The paved path was a simple hike/walk for our family including adults, teens and young children. It did feel a little underwhelming (paved hiking area is only about 200 yards) for the price of admission and parking. Apparently you can circumvent the fee by parking outside the gate but it wasn’t that pricey and ultimately you’re supporting a state park which is worth it. For the more adventurous there are non-paved trails that extend much farther and are worth the effort.
Written 28 March 2024
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froggie93
fl764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Be sure to make reservations, you can park inside the park there is also some street parking while it looks like you can just walk in there is a fee. We parked street side and I made a reservation while standing at the gate they were kind enough to let us in right away. It was just a short walk from the gate. We are not agile enough to climb stairs but there was a wheelchair ramp and port a pottys on site as restroom was out of order. The views here are great we were able to get quite a few nice photos before we resumed our journey. I would recommend getting a state park pass especially if you will be visiting more state parks during your visit.
Written 23 March 2024
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Hrothmir
Smyrna, GA199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The view of the "needle" in the park is impressive. The walk to it is paved and short. The botanical gardens at the site seemed in a poor state when we were there (Feb.). Going to the needle and seeing the botanical garden took about 30 minutes.

One needs a timed ticket to go Iao Valley State Monument now. We purchased a timed ticket for entrance and also for parking. I believe the parking was $10. When we got there, we realized many smart people were parking on the road just outside the park entrance (no charge) and walking in (short distance). I wish we had known to do that.
Written 13 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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