Hawai'i - Jim Nevill Photography
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Iao Valley's Past

Iao Valley is a phenomenally beautiful and remote state preserve near Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii. It's the location of a fresh drinking spring, hiking trails and pavilions open to the public. It was also the location of the Battle of Kepaniwai which resulted in a massive loss of life during Maui's final stand against King Kamehameha's effort to unite all of the Hawaiian Islands under his rule in the 1790's. Local lore tells that this Iao Valley Creek was dammed with bodies and ran red for weeks following the battle. Now clear, tranquil, plush and green this site remembers in solidarity the struggles of the past yet sets a beautiful course for the future.