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'Iao Needle

Wailuku, Hawaii

'Iao Needle

'Iao Needle Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Hike into the misty green forest at the western end of the island to one of Maui’s most famous landmarks. ’Iao Needle is a lava spire thrusting up out of the dense, damp foliage lining the walls of a gorge sacred to native Hawaiians. King Kamehameha won a major victory at this site on his way to uniting the Hawaiian Islands. This hike is best in the morning before clouds and rain fill the valley.

Be sure to stop at the trailhead interpretive panels that explain the geologic and (sometimes bloody) human history of this sacred valley. The path begins at a showy red-orange flowered royal poinciana tree. You can choose any of a series of circular routes. The lowest one, the Lu’au Trail, is planted with species of plants brought to Hawai’i by the early Polynesians, including a terraced taro patch."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Suzanne Swedo
"This hike takes you into the misty green forest at the western end of the island to one of Maui’s most famous landmarks. ’Iao Needle is a lava spire thrusting up out of the dense, damp foliage lining the walls of a gorge sacred to native Hawaiians. It is one of the sites where King Kamehameha won a victory on his way to uniting the Hawaiian Islands. This hike is best in the morning, before clouds and rain fill the valley. Be sure to stop at the interpretive panels at the trailhead that explain the geologic and (sometimes bloody) human history of this sacred valley. The path begins at a showy red-orange flowered royal poinciana tree. You can choose any of a series of circular routes. The lowest one, the Lu’au Trail, is planted with species of plants brought to Hawai’i by the early Polynesians, including a terraced taro patch."

Trail Information

Wailuku
Nearby City
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Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
All year
Season
Kepaniwai Park
Local Contacts
USGS Wailuku
Local Maps

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