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Iao Valley State Monument

54 S High St, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-2102
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Iao Valley State Monument, Maui, will remain closed indefinitely due to extensive damage from heavy rain and flooding the night of September 13 and early morning on September 14, 2016.
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  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
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54 S High St, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-2102
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

Interesting stop but a great deal of walking and climbing stairs unless you stay in the parking area. The view there is fine. Clearly a phallic symbol for the original Maui inhabitants as a site to organize for war.

Thank MarilynUtica_NY
Reviewed 25 August 2016

This park is worth the hour it takes to visit. The parking is limited and costs $5. There are a lot of steps on all the trails in the area although they are made of concrete pavers and well maintained. This is a beautiful valley...More

Thank Victor C
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Guess we got lucky and had a beautiful sunny experience at the Iao Needle. There is a $5 parking fee (lots of parking when we visited in May). It is an easy walk on a paved trail around the grounds, which are lush. Hawaii Tropical...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

First, there is not enough parking, and parking is expensive along with your access fee. We had a much better time down the hill at the Iao museum. Lots of free parking, no access fee, great paths, pools, history, buildings and restrooms!

Thank Kymmy L
Reviewed 24 August 2016

It's an easy hike up to see the Iao Needle, and it doesn't take very long. They also have a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. It's so green there. It was crowded when we went there midday, so I would recommend coming a bit...More

Thank Gabby D
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

It's straightforward to get here by car and you can see the "needle" easily from the bridge. There are a couple of short hilly walks that are worth doing to see the river and gardens and get better photos. You can swim in some of...More

Thank Fiona V
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Iao valley has something for everyone. I love to go there hiking, picnicking or swimming in the very cold clean water. I often go there to the free cultural areas where they have typical homes of early cultures on Maui. History about the island Iao...More

Thank Jack S
Reviewed 22 August 2016

The Iao Valley State Monument is a great way to see some more natural beauty and learn some history while in Maui. The trip doesn't take a lot of time and is a pretty easy hike to get different views of the needle. The valley...More

Thank Tara K
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Very nice views. Admission is $5.00 big parking lot. You can also park outside on the side of the road. Gets crowded. They have bathrooms in the parking lot. Here you can appreciate the beautiful Hawaiians mountains. Do recommended. On your way there look for...More

Thank Sandra1336
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Very scenic area located in a narrow valley below steep cliffs. It was interesting how this site gets so much rain and other parts of Maui are desert. Bathrooms were not working.

Thank ALtraveler64
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Response from LisaMarieScubaDiva | Reviewed this property |
Too far and uphill. Take a taxi.
27 April 2017|
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Response from jefferyp2017 | Reviewed this property |
I did some googling, and this is the most recent info I could come up with, "The County of Maui’s Kepaniwai Park at ʻĪao reopened on Monday, April 10, 2017, but according to a Parks Department announcement ʻĪao Valley State... More
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Response from NCPF | Reviewed this property |
Don't waste your time in Iao Valley, go to Haleakala instead!
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