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ʻIao Valley State Monument Tours

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ʻIao Valley State Monument
Iao Valley State Monument park, in West Maui, is popular with hikers and sightseers. The valley was the site of the famous Battle of Kepaniwai, which took place between Kamehameha—founder of the Hawaiian Kingdom—and Maui’s warriors in the late 18th century. Today, the rainforest-filled valley is a popular spot to enjoy local flora.

The Basics
Visit to enjoy a relatively easy, 0.6-mile walk to see Kuka‘emoku (or “Iao Needle”), a rocky outcropping that rises 1,200 feet into the air and resembles a cathedral spire. Then enjoy the park’s botanical garden, where you can see examples of the plants cultivated by the region’s early settlers. To learn more about the area’s history, take a guided tour of West and Central Maui that includes a stop at the Iao Valley. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Make sure to wear walking shoes and bring water and sunscreen with you.
  • The weather can change quickly on Maui, so bring layers, including a hat and a waterproof jacket.
  • Parking is free for locals, but there is a charge for visitors.
  • The trail is uneven at times and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. 
  • There are restrooms on site.

How to Get There
The Iao Valley park is located in West Maui, 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the town of Wailuku. To drive to the park from town, head west on Main Street, which becomes Iao Valley Road and heads directly to the park. The drive takes about 12 minutes. There is no public transportation to the park, so if you prefer not to drive, opt for a taxi or visit on a guided tour that includes transportation. 

When to Get There
The park is open daily from morning through early evening. Maui is a popular destination all year round, but the spring and fall are perhaps the most pleasant times to visit as the weather is slightly cooler than in the summer and the crowds are smaller than during peak holiday travel seasons. 

Other West Maui Sights
After enjoying a walk in the Iao Valley, head out to see some of West Maui’s other sights: You can spend a day in the charming town of Lahaina, which is full of stylish shops and restaurants, or go whale watching along the coast. For a day of fun and relaxation, head to the golden sands of Kapalua Bay beach, where you can read, swim, and snorkel to your heart’s content. 
Address: Iao Valley Road, Wailuku 96793, USA
Admission: Free
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Haleakala, Iao Valley and Central Maui Day Tour with Pickup

Haleakala, Iao Valley and Central Maui Day Tour with Pickup

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From the lunar summit of Haleakala Crater to the viewpoint for Iao Needle, explore the best of Central Maui on this informative, guided day tour. Hotel pickup is conveniently provided, and the tour also visits historic Wailuku—a funky, yet up-and-coming hot spot. Learn the island’s agricultural history and hear its legends and stories, and experience some of the island’s best scenery from its valleys right up to its peak.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Iao Valley, Hawaiian Distillery and Lavender Farm

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Sample fine liquors made from premium Hawaiian pineapples and sugar cane on a tasting tour in Maui, including transportation. Visit Ocean Vodka to learn about the production process and tastes their spirits. Visit the Iao Valley Monument, the symbol of Maui, and finish your day with a gourmet picnic lunch at Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm. Pickup and drop-off at your hotel or cruise ship is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Get a grasp on the wide variety of Hawaiian wildlife during this tour in Maui. Visit the sacred Iao Valley for a walk through the Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens, a burial site for ancient Hawaiians. Visit the Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm and Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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The Road to Lahaina

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  • 4 to 6 hours
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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If you'd prefer to skip crowded tour busses and experience Maui independently, at your own pace, this GPS tour app may be for you. You'll get access to over eight hours of audio content and an interactive map so that you can pick and choose the sights that interest you most. This app never expires, so you can use it to go on multiple tours or reuse it again on your next trip.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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