Iao Needle

A 4,000 acre state park welcomes guests to walk through its rainforest.

It’s hard to believe the lush and peaceful Iao Valley in central Maui was once the site of an important battle in King Kamehameha’s quest to unify the islands. 

Today, this tranquil, 4,000-acre state park offers walks through the rainforest and a stunning view of the iconic 1,200-foot Iao Needle rock outcropping.