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  • Address: Iao Valley Road
  • Hours: Open daily 7am - 7pm
  • Admission: Free

The iconic rock pinnacle known as the Iao Needle is the focus of Maui’s Iao Valley State Park.

Rising 2,250 feet (675 meters) into the air, the unusual plant-covered peak rises from the Iao Valley floor, surrounded by rainforest-covered volcanic craters, pools and streams.

The pinnacle was used as an altar, and the evocative location was the site of a famous battle between Kamehameha and the warriors of Maui.

Come to the Iao Valley State Park to follow easy hiking trails along tumbling streams. Views take in the Iao Needle, all the way across the rainforest to the coast at Kahului.

Practical Info

The Iao Valley is on the western side of Maui, 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the regional town of Wailuku. To get here from Wailuku, head west along Iao Valley Road.

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Haleakala, Iao Valley and Central Maui Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Spend the day exploring central Maui on this scenic drive to volcanic Haleakala crater, Iao Valley, the unique rocky pinnacle known as the Iao Needle and ...  Read more

Location: Maui, Hawaii
Duration: 8 - 9 hours

From USD $96.25

Iao Valley and Lahaina Historical Tour by Bus

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Visit beautiful Iao Valley, the site of the famous battle in 1790 when King Kamehameha conquered Maui, on this historical bus tour. See the Iao Needle, a ...  Read more

Location: Maui, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.60

Maui Day Trip: Haleakala, Iao Valley, Old Lahaina from Oahu

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 18 Reviews

Fly from Honolulu to Maui for the day to tour Haleakala crater, the unique Iao Needle, the whaling port of Lahaina and much more! This expertly narrated ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 14 - 15 hours

From USD $342.70

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