'Iao Valley

'Iao Valley

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Wailuku, HI 96793, United States
Iao Valley in Maui
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Free, Family-friendly

What makes 'Iao Valley such a famous attraction is the fact it's the only West Maui valley that's easily accessible by car. This was also the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai, in which King Kamehameha famously conquered the kings and forces of Maui. When visiting 'Iao Valley today, a short hike on a paved walkway leads to a valley overlook, which also offers exceptional views of famous "'Iao Needle." Shaped like a large, plant-covered pinnacle, the "needle" is actually the edge of a ridge where warriors would station themselves as lookouts to warn against outside invasion.

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