Iao Needle Lookout Trail

Wailuku, HI
Length: 0.60 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 4    Average: 3.8/5]

The Iao Needle Trail is a short, easy hike in Iao Valley. The valley is a historic burial grounds from the 15the century and where a historic battle took place in 1790. It’s also the second wettest location in Hawaii (after Kauai) and gets about 386 inches of rain a year! It’s lush, beautiful and you can find countless types of flowers and fauna. The hike is short (paved road and steps) and offers a few shorter trails off the main trail. The main trail is about .6 miles and you probably could get another .5 mile of hiking in with the other trails.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Mixed
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights


Lots of great photo ops with beautiful views. It looks like Jurassic Park!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $5.00

Parking in the lot is $5. We did see people parking on the street and walking in to avoid the fee.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 4    Average: 3.8/5]

Linzay is the Brand & Content Manager at Hike it Baby.


Trail Map

Getting There

From Kahului

From Kahului take Hana Highway (Highway 36) west toward Wailuku. Make a right on East Kaahumanu Avenue (Highway 32). East Kaahumanu Avenue becomes Kaahumanu Avenue. In Wailuku Kaahumanu Avenue becomes East Main Street. Go straight through the four-way intersection in Wailuku (state offices will be on your left). The road is now called West Main Street. At the Y intersection, bear left onto Iao Valley Road (Highway 320). Follow Iao Valley Road to the parking area.

From Wailea

From Wailea take Pi’ilani Highway (Highway 31) north. Make a left onto North Kihei Road toward Ma’alaea. Make a right onto Honoapiilani Highway (Highway 30) toward Wailuku. At the four-way intersection in Wailuku (the state offices will be on your right), make a left onto West Main Street. Follow West Main Street until you come to a Y intersection. Bear right onto Iao Valley Road (Highway 320). Follow Iao Valley road to the parking area.