ʻĪao Valley State Monument
Photo Credit: Sean Newsome

UPDATE:  10/30/20 - [OAHU] - The Wa'ahila Ridge State Recreation Area has on-going HECO work and access may be limited.  The Waahila Ridge Trail is CLOSED during weekdays and OPEN on the weekends.  The park area is OPEN during weekdays however the gates will remain CLOSED.  Access gates will be OPEN on the weekend.

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10/29/20 -  [KAUAI] - The Kalalau Trail is OPEN.

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10/26/20 - [OAHU] - Kaena Point State Park remains CLOSED to vehicle access on both sides (Keawaula & Mokuleia). - [MAUI] - Pua\'a Ka\'a Wayside and Wailua Lookout are OPEN.

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10/13/20 - New Park Fees Are In Effect! - Diamond Head State Monument remains CLOSED until further notice.

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9/30/10 - [HAWAII] - Coastal and beach State Parks are open as of Oct. 1, 2020.  This includes Hapuna Beach SRA, Kekaha Kai SP, Kiholo SPR (gates will be OPEN), and Mackenzie SRA.

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9/24/20 - [OAHU] - Starting Sept. 24th  groups of five people will be allowed in OPEN State Parks, as well as, State Beaches and Trails.  Canopy-type structures are not permitted at this time at State parks, beaches and trails. Diamond Head remains CLOSED. 

 

ʻĪao Valley State Monument

5/4/20 - Iao Valley State Monument is CLOSED to limit the spread of COVID-19. No entry, transiting, or trail access allowed.

Hours

CLOSED

Entrance Fee

Individuals – Walk-In

  • Residents = No Charge w/ID or DL
  • Non-Residents = $5
Parking Fees

Non-Commercial Vehicles

  • Residents = No Charge w/ID or DL
  • Non-Residents = $10

Commercial PUC vehicles:

  • 1-7 passenger vehicles: $25
  • 8-25 passenger vehicles: $50
  • 26 + passenger vehicles: $90
Trail Name

Description

A paved 0.6 mile walk provides a scenic viewpoint of Kuka‘emoku (a.k.a. the ʻIao Needle), an erosional feature which abruptly rises 1200 feet from the valley floor.  Learn about the plants brought by the Hawaiians who settled in ʻIao Valley by taking a short walk through a botanical garden.

This valley is rich in cultural and spiritual values and is the site of the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790.

 

Publicity

In 2016 Iao Valley State Monument ranked 24th in THRILLIST’s list of best 25 State Parks to visit in the nation.

“To call this West Maui Mountains park “lush” is an understatement of epic proportions. Its dense rainforest canopy makes this popular park one of America’s more unique, dominated by the Iao Needle — a 1,200ft vegetation-covered lava remnant that rises from the valley floor to a higher height than the Eiffel Tower… “ THRILLIST

 

Documents

ʻĪao Valley Park Improvements Slide Show

ʻĪao Valley Flood Repairs – Slide Show

ʻĪao Valley State Monument Community Meeting Summary – March 14, 2019