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.

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Ahihi-Kinau Natural Preserve
Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum
Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House
Baldwin Home Museum
Banyan Tree Park
Black Rock
Church of the Holy Ghost
D.T. Fleming Beach Park
Dragon's Teeth
Enchanting Floral Gardens
Haleakala Crater
Hamoa Beach
Hana Maui Botanical Gardens
Hauola Stone
Honolua Bay
Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Iao Needle State Monument
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Kaeleku Caverns
Kapalua Beach
Kula Botanical Garden
Lahaina Animal Farm & Guest Ranch
Lahaina Jodo Mission
Little Beach at Makena
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Nakalele Blowhole
Napili Beach
Olivine Pools
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Palapala Hoomau Church
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The Road to Hana
The Sacred Garden of Maliko
Wailea Beach
Waimoku Falls
Whalers Village Museum
Wo Hing Temple Museum

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