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Iao Valley State Park
Maui, Hawaii

Iao Valley State Park is a 6.2 acre park in the West Maui Mountains that is operated by the state of Hawaii. Attractions in the park include the Iao Needle, the Iao Valley, the Hawaii Nature Center, and Kepaniwai Park Heritage Gardens.

Iao Needle
Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr (USGS)

The Iao Needle
The dramatic, 1200 foot tall, geological formation known as the Iao Needle is the most famous attraction in Iao Valley State Park.

The Iao Valley
The Iao Valley is a beautiful natural area with hiking trails, streams, pools, lush tropical vegetation, and lookout points.

Hawaii Nature Center of Maui
This group's narrated "Rainforest Walk" through the Iao Valley crosses the Iao Stream and enters the center's 35 acre grounds where there is an old village site, a taro patch, and views of the Iao Needle.

Kepaniwai Park Heritage Gardens
This multi-ethnic garden in the Iao Valley features a Japanese garden, a Chinese moon gate, a Portuguese outdoor oven, a grass and stone house, picnic tables, and a gift shop.
- Official Maui County Park Web Site
- Restoring Kepaniwai Heritage Park
- Hawaii Web on Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens

The Iao Valley State Park is not well developed, and there is no drinking water but there are restrooms, a paved parking lot, and hiking trails.

The state park can be reached from Wailuku in central Maui by driving west on Highway 32 (Kaahumanu Road). That highway turns into Iao Valley Road where signs will direct you to the park.

See also:
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- Activities on Maui

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