'Iao Valley

Located in Central Maui, the 'Iao Valley was a sacred burial place for chiefs and the location of Maui's last giant battle.

The king of the Big Island (Hawai'i) was Kamehameha the Great. In 1790 he invaded Maui, and a great battle was waged in the 'Iao Valley. At first intimidated by the Maui warriors' weapons, Kamehameha's forces soon were able to win by using a cannon obtained from Westerners.

The battle was so bloody, that bodies clogged the stream. The natives called the battle Ka'uwa'u-pali (clawed off the cliff) and Kapaniwai (damming of the waters).

Today the valley is peaceful and beautiful. Dominating the view is the 'Iao Needle - a prominent point sticking up from the valley. The shape is phallic in nature.

A stream courses through the valley, and locals sometimes jump from a bridge into the steam (about a 30 foot jump).

One of the steep cliffs of the valley The sign noting the 'Iao needle The 'Iao Needle
One of the steep cliffs of the valley The sign noting the 'Iao needle The 'Iao Needle
More cliffs in the valley Looking to the east from in the valley One of the signs in the park
More cliffs in the valley Looking to the east from in the valley One of the signs in the park
Some trails within the park More of the lush valley The stream that courses through
Some trails within the park More of the lush valley The stream that courses through