ʻĪao Valley State Monument
Photo Credit: Sean Newsome

8/6/20: Starting Saturday August 8, 2020 ALL State Parks on the island of Oahu will be CLOSED until September 4, 2020, to reduce the potential spread of Covid-19.  This closure plan mirrors the City & County of Honolulu's Act with Care - Do Not Gather Order.

ʻĪao Valley State Monument

5/4/20 - Due to COVID-19 rules Iao Valley State Monument is CLOSED. No entry, transiting, or trail access allowed.

Hours

Closed Due to Covid-19 Rules

Entrance Fee

None

Parking Fees

Non-Commercial Vehicles:

  • Non-Hawaii Resident Vehicles = $5.00
  • Hawaii Residents = Free

Commercial Vehicles:

  • 1-7 passenger vehicles: $10.00
  • 8-25 passenger vehicles: $20.00
  • 26 + passenger vehicles: $40.00
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