One of Maui’s “must see” sights, the I’ao Valley is just one example of why the Island of Maui is called the “Valley Isle”. Located in central Maui just a short drive from Wailuku and Kahului Airport, the valley is not only a unique picturesque setting, but a very important historical site as well.
The centerpiece of the valley is Kuka‘emoku, or more commonly referred to as the Needle. The unique and lush erosional rock feature rises 1200 feet above the valley floor and provides the perfect focal point for the narrow valley.
The valley is also the site of one of the most significant and bloody battles in Hawaiian history. Maui’s chief Kahekili was defeated in the battle of Kepaniwai as a part of the unification of the Hawaiian Islands by King Kamehameha the Great.
The $5.00 parking fee allows visitors to walk the trail and enjoy the gardens. The monument is open daily between the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Bathroom facilities are available and smoking is not allowed.