I and J Photos
Located in ‘Iao Valley State Park, the ‘Iao Needle is the most photographed geological formation on Maui. This pinnacle is all the rock that remains from erosion over time caused by the two rivers on either side of it.
Each of the Hawaiian islands has a nickname; Maui’s is The Valley Isle. The name comes from the eight valleys around Halemahina, the smaller of the two volcanoes that make up the island of Maui. ‘Iao Valley is the most historical and spiritually significant valley of the eight.
‘Iao Stream is the only river running out of ‘Iao Valley. When it rains, the stream can flow heavily, and caution must be used when walking near it. All the bright green-leaved trees growing along the stream are kukui nut trees.
‘Iao Valley State Park is located at the end of the road into ‘Iao Valley. There’s trails, taro fields and views to be enjoyed. Parking within the park is limited, and there is a fee. Parking is free all along the road leading into the park.
Most professional surfers consider Maui’s Jaws to be the premier surfing spot in the world. When the north swells are at their highest, the paved and dirt roads leading to the viewing location for this spot are packed with cars and people.
The viewing location for Jaws is just past the Valley Isle Memorial Park on the Hana Highway just past Ha’iku. The Haumana Rd. photo on the right shows the road leading to the ocean location. It will be packed with cars. The photo to the far right is the ramp at Makilo Bay where the jet skis that tow the surfers are launched from. With the large surf crashing here, it’s an adventure watching the ski boats being launched and retrieved from their trailers.
Photos of Maui Beaches & Drives
Aloha, welcome to Maui!