Iao Valley on the west side of Maui, is one of the island's most historic, lush green, and picturesque tourist attractions.
Located just 2.8 miles from Wailuku, Iao Valley is cut through the west Maui mountains and features the Iao Needle. The State Park has a clean, large parking area after you pay a $5 entrance fee. Hawaii residents are admitted free.
Iao Valley is the site of historic Hawaiian battles, and the stream running through the valley is often called the "the river of blood" for all the battles that took place in this sacred area. No hiking is allowed into the valley, but there are paved paths for exploring and getting good views of Iao Needle.
Information boards are located at the entrance to the walkways, so visitors and tourists to Iao Valley can learn about the important part the valley played in Hawaiian history. Restrooms are also located at the edge of the parking lot.
- You can park outside the State Park and save $5, but it's a bit of a walk to the paved pathways. If you've got elderly people it might be worth the money to pay for parking on asphalt.
- If you arrive at Maui's Kahului Airport too early to check-in at your hotel or resort, visit Iao Valley. It's just 15 minutes from the airport and is a great way to start your stay on Maui.
- If you have a late flight leaving Maui and must check-out at 11 a.m., visit Iao Valley on your way to the airport. It's also a good way to end your stay on Maui.
- The restrooms are clean, but there is no place to buy water or soft drinks. Take some water with you for the hike up several sets of stairs.
- Take the time to read the informational signs. Iao Valley is one of the most historic places on not only Maui, but all the Hawaiian islands.
- If you're planning to shop at Queen Kaahumanu Mall, visit Iao Valley also. It's just 10 minutes west of Maui's outdoor shopping mall.
Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, HI 96793
Open: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- While visiting Maui, enjoy the historic, whaling town of Lahaina on the west side of the island. There's art galleries, jewelry stores, sourvenir shops and plenty of restaurants.
- Consider taking the ferry from Lahaina harbor to Lanai for a day trip to another Hawaiian island.
- If you're staying on Oahu for a few days, make sure to spend time on Waikiki Beach and visit Pearl Harbor.
- While visiting Lahaina on West Maui, stop in for Hawaii's best fudge at Hawaii Fudge Company and also try some the Hawaii Flavors of salt water taffy.
- Consider also visiting Maui Tropical Plantation and Maui Ocean Center to add to your half-day visit to Iao Valley. It's a good way to spend a relaxing day out of the sun.