ʻĪao Valley State Monument
Photo Credit: Sean Newsome

Covid-19 Protocols: Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and be respectful of others. Aloha, Hawaii State Parks

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PARK UPDATES:  4/7/21 - [OAHU] - Kaena Point State Park - Vehicle Access Gate on the Mokuleia side (north shore) is OPEN. The Keawaula gate (west side) remains CLOSED but the park is OPEN.

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4/5/21 - [OAHU] -  Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area has ongoing construction work to the park and the entrance gate will be CLOSED April 5, 2021 through April 28, 2021. This has the potential to limit access to the Waahila Ridge Trail through the park. Additional access limitations may be intermittent throughout the month.

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3/29/21 - [KAUAI] - The Kalalau Trail reservation system is now open again. Reservations are available 30-days in-advance. Haena State Park Entry and Parking reservations are also available for morning and midday reservations. Sunset-time reservations are currently not available. Permittees are encouraged to be vigilant and check the Hawaii DOT webpage for current Kuhio Highway access hours and protocols. - DOT Website: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/

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3/1/21 - [MAUI] - Waianapanapa State Park - Entry and Parking Reservations are now required for all non-residents. For reservations go to www.gowaianapanapa.com

ʻĪao Valley State Monument

UPDATE: 4/2/21 - Starting April 19th, 2021, all non-Hawaii resident visitors to ʻĪao Valley State Monument will be required to purchase both Entrance and Parking. For example, if there are two (2) passengers in your one (1) vehicle, you will need to purchase two (2) entry reservations and 1 (one) parking. These reservations will be available via the parking pay-station location in the parking lot. Hawaii resident visitors admission and parking is free with Hawaii ID or Driver License.

Hours

 Daily 7:00am – 6:00pm

Entrance Fee

Individuals – Walk-In

  • Residents = Free w/Hawaii DL or ID
  • 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