Iao Valley State Park
Learn The Significance of The Iao Needle and Valley
At 1200 feet high this razor thin ridge stands apart from the surrounding vertical walls of this deep valley. There are several wonderful Hawaiian cultural examples within the park like a traditional Hawaiian thatched roof house (Hale) and Taro patches which are grown in ponds called loi. Taro, also known to Hawaiians as Kalo, is part of ancient Hawaiʻi’s creation story and poi is one of the world’s most nutritious superfoods. A famous battle took place here when Kamehameha I defeated Maui’s last army in the battle of Kepaniwai in 1790, thus securing his rule of the island. Many warriors died here and for Hawaiians it is a spiritual and sacred place that is rich in ancient history.