Iao Needle State Monument
Iao Valley Road, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii
This monolithic natural monument is one of Maui’s most beloved landmarks. Standing 1200 feet high, the Iao Needle is not only a majestic sight, but it marks an important spot in Hawaiian History. Using the needle as a lookout point, the Maui army pushed back against the incoming forces of King Kamehameha I during the Battle of Kepaniwai in 1790. Ultimately, Maui succumbed to Kamehameha during his fierce campaign to unite the islands under his rule. The needle is easily accessible from the parking lot—simply take a paved pedestrian path to the ridge-top lookout where, in addition to the monument, you’ll also be treated to incredible views of the lush Iao Valley below. It’s best to head out early in the morning when clouds are less likely to obscure your view.