Walking in Iao Valley

Not far from the airport and a busy town of Wailuku, is this beautiful now peaceful place called ʻĪao (pronounced ee-ow) Valley. This state monument honors the 1200′ high ʻĪao Needle (Kūkaemoku) and Hawaiian history. The park is only 6.2 acres but part of the West Maui Mountains, that we had earlier viewed from Lahaina.

Iao Valley

The paved trail goes down, along the Iao Stream.

Trail down

The trail goes up. (That’s Mike waving. He went up the steps to view the needle.)

Mike on the trail

I can’t walk a lot of ups and downs nor do stairs, but I managed to admired the sharp beauty of the place at the edge of a rainforest.

Trees and brush

The needle has a volcanic basalt core that has eroded away. Referred to as Kuka`emoku, you can guess the ‘essence’ of the Hawaiian god of the ocean.

Admiring heights

Did I say peaceful? The Battle of Kepaniwa was fought in ʻĪao Valley in 1790.  In his drive to rule all the Hawaiian islands, King Kamehameha defeated Kalanikūpule and the Maui army. The battle supposedly so deadly, it blocked ʻĪao Stream,. The battle site was named Kepaniwai (“the damming of the waters”).

Drama on height

Trail Info on .6 mi walk.

Aloha and Mahalo,

Lynn

– with words and pictures by Lynn Millar available upon request.

Large house plant

Aloha and Mahalo,

Lynn

– with words and pictures by Lynn Millar available upon request.

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