'Iao Needle

Wailuku, Hawaii

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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.
Hiking the Hawaiian Islands

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Hiking the Hawaiian Islands

by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)

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.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wailuku
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Wailuku
Driving Directions: Directions to 'Iao Needle

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