Iao Valley State Park

An easy, short, family-friendly adventure

Those looking for a short-yet-satisfying, family-friendly excursion are in luck at the stunning ‘Iao Valley State Park trail system.

The state park, which offers paved parking and facilities for visitors, is the historic site of the Battle of Kepaniwai (1790), during which King Kamehameha I led his warriors in conquering counterparts on Maui in the ruler’s quest to unite the Islands. The 10-mile long, 4,000-acre expanse is home to freshwater streams, waterfalls and native Hawaiian plants and animals in their natural habitats.

Kuka‘emoku, which is known as ‘Iao Needle, is showcased during the hike as the erosional feature rises 1,200 feet from the valley floor below. The spire serves as a great backdrop for one’s family portrait, or as a memorable snapshot for any traveler’s photo collection.