Discover The Lush Natural Beauty Of Iao Valley State Park
Surround yourself with the verdant peaks and valleys of Maui's most accessible and beautiful state park. Once the scene of Hawaii's bloodiest battle between King Kamehameha I and Maui's army leader Kalanikupule in 1790, today Iao Valley State Park is a place to soak up peaceful, scenic views, explore botanical gardens, swim, hike and sample fruit like guava and mountain apples fresh from the trees. A guided tour introduces you to the wonders of the Iao Valley's plants and animals, and the park's Bailey House Museum is home to Hawaiian artifacts, paintings and an original koa wood surfboard. Embark on adventure in the Jurassic Park-style atmosphere of this park.
Yes, you can and should go for a swim in the stream and pond along its path. Besides the breathtaking views of the mountain and the valley, the stream is crystal clear, fresh, and not too cold, thus perfect for a swim during your hike. However, be aware that flash floods are a fact of life on the island, especially here. Pay attention to the weather, and if you notice any change in the color or level of the water, seek higher ground right away. The West Maui Mountains are notorious for rapidly changing weather and flash floods.
How long is the Īao Valley hike?
This is the perfect way for visitors of all fitness levels to explore and enjoy the park. The Iao Needle Lookout Trail is an easy .6 mile trail with a total elevation gain of just 200 feet. You will wind your way through lush forests and end up at a scenic lookout point. You can also jump onto the adjacent ethnobotanical garden loop that takes you along Iao stream. Although the trail is short, there's lots to do along the way, like swimming, picnics and photography. Plan to spend anywhere from 1-3 hours at Iao Valley depending upon your interests.