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Iao Valley State Park:  interpretive, historical markers, restrooms, parking and several interpretive trails
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Iao Valley State Park: interpretive, historical markers, restrooms, parking and several interpretive trails
Description - Iao Valley State Park preserves unique cultural and interesting volcanic formations and natural resources. The park is relatively small, six acres, but lots of history and lore surround the area.

Attractions - The unique rock formation, Iao Needle, is the most obvious feature of the park. It stands 1,200 feet above the valley floor. A botanical garden created by plants brought to the island by Hawaiians who lived in the valley is accessible by a short path. Also on this site was the Battle of Kepaniwai, where Kamehameha I's forces conquered Maui's army in an effort to unite the islands in 1790. This state park is designated a National Natural Landmark. The state maintains lavatories, a walking path and scenic overlooks at the site.

Recreation - Visitors to Iao Valley State Park will enjoy the beauty of the natural scenery as well as the interesting cultural history of the site. Hiking and plant identification, as well as photography occupy visitors to this state park.

Climate - This site lies at an elevation of 2,250 feet, which makes temperatures somewhat cooler than coastal areas. Be sure to bring a light jacket when traveling in the highlands.

Location - This park is located in the highlands of the West Maui Forest Reserve. It can be accessed by driving to the end of Iao Valley Road (Highway 32).

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The climb from parking lot to trail. awsome greenery,unique smells,you have to smell for yourself! Great stream w/ giant shrimps! Beautiful flowers and shrubs. One rock foemation looks like Lincoln, large grassy area for picnic lunch. nice drive comming and going. Bring sweater or light jacket it can be chilly .

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Site was the Battle of Kepaniwai.
ICON Viewing Scenery Beautiful natural scenery.

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Contact Information:
Maui District, Hawaii State Parks, 54 South High Street, 101 , Wailuku, HI, 96793, Phone: 808-984-8109

Additional Information:
Hawaii State Parks - Hawai'i's State Park System is comprised of 52 state parks encompassing nearly 25,000 acres on the 5 major islands.
Maui - Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. On its shores and mountains are many sites of natural, cultural and historical interest.
Maui State Parks - Maui's state parks preserve and protect significant natural, cultural and historical sites throughout the island.


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