ʻIao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop
Hawaii hikers

PARK UPDATES:

[OʻAHU]: UPDATED 11/17/22: Kaʻena Point State Park – We are now accepting the 2023 Kaʻena Point Vehicle Access Permit applications. Please be patient as applications may take longer than the posted 10 days to process.

[MAUI] UPDATED 11/2/22: Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area will remain CLOSED until access roads through Kula Forest Reserve are cleared from storm damage and safe to traverse. Anticipated re-opening is January to mid-February 2023 (Per DOFAW). For updates, please go to: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2022/06/27/nr22-090/

[MAUI] UPDATED 11/2/22: ʻIAO VALLEY STATE MONUMENT – As of August 1, 2022 ʻIao Valley State Monument will be closed through February, 2023 for the final phase of the slope stabilization project and parking lot improvements.

ʻIao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop

UPDATE: 6/8/22 - ʻIao Valley State Monument will be closed from August 1, 2022 to January 15, 2023 for the final phase of the slope stabilization project and parking lot improvements.

Trail Length 0.6 miles
Activity Pedestrian
Difficulty Easy
Terrain Wet Valley
Elevation Gain 200 ft
Park Name ‘Iao Valley State Monument

Description

A paved walking trail provides a scenic viewpoint of Kuka’emoku (‘Iao Needle), an erosional feature which rises 1200 feet from the valley floor. A short paved loop trail meanders though an ethnobotanical garden adjacent to ‘Iao stream.

Route

Trail begins just beyond the park restroom and interpretive signs. The path crosses a bridge over the stream and climbs to the lookout point, where a small shelter is nestled.

Directions

End of ‘Iao Valley Road (Highway 32), ‘Iao Valley.

Additional Info

  • Mountain biking is not allowed on this trail.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • No dogs allowed on this trail.