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ISLAND OF MAUI

IAO VALLEY / NORTHEAST COAST DRIVE GUIDE

Sacred Valley. Maui's Unpopulated Wild Side

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  • Approx. 27 miles round-trip from Start of Drive (Kahului at corner of Hwy 380 & 36).
  • Allow at least 4 hours for round-trip from Start of Drive including time spent at "stops".
  • For your safety, please observe Cautionary Notes on drive "stops" below.
  • Set Odometer to Zero between "stops" below.
  • All distances are to the nearest tenth of a mile.
(Click on PHOTOGRAPH to view Stop on Tour.)

STOP 1: IAO VALLEY STATE PARK PHOTOGRAPH
START: KAHULUI AT HWY 380 & 36  
DIST/TIME: 6.5 Miles/Approx. 18 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Last Traffic Light in Wailuku  
 ROUTE:
  • Turn left off Hwy 380 onto Hwy 36 heading for Kahului
  • Go short way (0.8 mile) to Jct. Hwy 36 & 32
  • Turn left onto Hwy 32 & go 2.8 miles to Jct. Hwy 32 & 30 (last traffic light in Wailuku)
  • Cross traffic light and continue short way (0.7 mile) on Hwy 32 to fork in road at sign for Iao Valley
  • Take right fork and go 2.2 miles to parking lot at end of road
An awe inspiring sacred valley. Location of the Iao Needle: a State monument and symbol of Maui (2,250 feet high from sea level). Exotic botanical gardens, pools, waterfalls, streams, overlooks, walkways.

Note: free admission. Open 7 AM-7 PM.Tel. 984-8109. Restrooms.

Caution: swim at your own risk-rocks are slippery, water levels are subject to rapid change. Do not leave valuables in car or unattended.




STOP 2: KEPANIWAI PARK PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: IAO VALLEY STATE PARK  
DIST/TIME: 0.8 Mile/Approx. 3 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Park Entrance (Right Side)  
 ROUTE:
  • Leave Iao Valley parking lot and go short way (0.7 mile) to Kepaniwai entry road (right side)
  • Turn right and take entry road to parking lot
A model immigrant village with cultural heritage gardens. Picnic areas.

Note: Hawaii Nature Center (private, non-profit organization) next to the park- call 244-6500 for information on guided hikes into Iao Valley. Gift shop, interactive nature museum, open daily 10:30 AM-3:30 PM. Restrooms.




STOP 3: BAILEY HOUSE MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: KEPANIWAI PARK  
DIST/TIME: 1.9 Miles/Approx. 5 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Sign-Bailey House (Right Side)  
 ROUTE:
  • Leave park. Turn right and go 1.5 miles to stop sign at fork in road
  • Keep to left at stop sign and go short way (0.4 mile) to Bailey House Museum (right side-before next traffic light)
A fine example of early (1833) missionary architecture in Hawaii. Museum and gift shop.

Note: nominal admission charge. Closed on Sundays. Tel. 244-3326. Restrooms.




STOP 4: WAILUKU CITY PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: BAILEY HOUSE MUSEUM  
DIST/TIME: 0.5 Mile/Approx. 4 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: 2nd Traffic Light  
 ROUTE:
  • Turn right out of Bailey House Museum
  • Go to second traffic light at Hwy 32 & 33
  • Turn left onto Hwy 33 N (N. Market Street)
  • Take first street on left to public parking lot
County seat of Maui. Quaint historical town. Antiques, art galleries, churches. Good local food.




STOP 5: WAIHEE BEACH PARK PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: WAILUKU PARKING LOT  
DIST/TIME: 4.2 Miles/Approx. 10 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Waihee County Park (Right Side)  
 ROUTE:
  • Leave parking lot the same way you entered
  • Turn left onto Hwy 33 N (N. Market Street)
  • Go 2.1 miles, through old Wailuku, to junction with Hwy 340 (Hwy 33 N soon becomes Hwy 330 and, at junction, Hwy 330 becomes Hwy 340)
  • Keep to left at junction
  • Continue 1.2 miles on Hwy 340 to small sign for Waiehu Golf Course at Halewaiu Road in Waihee (right side-after Waihee County Park)
  • Turn right onto Halewaiu Road & go to golf club parking lot at end of road
  • Take road on left to Waihee Beach Park
Great for beachcombing. Picnic area. Restrooms.

Caution: do not swim-strong currents.




STOP 6: CAMP MALUHIA PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: WAIHEE BEACH PARK  
DIST/TIME: 3.9 Miles/Approx. 11 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Sign-Camp Maluhia (Left Side)  
 ROUTE:
  • Leave Waihee Park and return to Hwy 340
  • Turn right onto Hwy 340 and go 3.1 miles to entrance for Boy Scouts Camp Maluhia (left side)
Beautiful drive with great coastal views. Waihee Ridge hiking trail begins at entrance to the camp.

Note: Camp Maluhia is not open to the public.

Caution: drive carefully. Steep, narrow and winding road-watch for cattle and falling rocks.




STOP 7: HALEKII-PIHANA HEIAUS PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: CAMP MALUHIA  
DIST/TIME: 5.5 Miles/Approx. 15 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Jct. Hwy 340 & 330  
 ROUTE:
  • Turn around at entrance to Camp Maluhia
  • Return 4.3 miles to Jct. Hwy 340 & 330
  • Keep left on Hwy 340 and go short way (0.9 mile) to Kuhio Place (fourth street on right side)
  • Turn right onto Kuhio Place
  • Take first left onto Hea Place & go uphill to parking lot for heiaus
Halekii (circa 1240) and Pihana heiaus: ancient temples of sacrifice and refuge. State monument. Panoramic view of Central Maui.

Note: open 7 AM-7 PM. Please respect the Hawaiian archaeological sites and do not remove the stones.




STOP 8: MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: HALEKII-PIHANA HEIAUS  
DIST/TIME: 1.8 Miles/Approx. 6 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Sign-The Center (Right Side)  
 ROUTE:
  • Leave parking lot and return to Hwy 340
  • Turn right onto Hwy 340 and go short way (0.6 mile) to traffic light
  • Turn left and continue short way (0.7 mile) to the entrance road for Maui Arts & Cultural Center
  • Turn right and go short way (0.2 mile) to parking
First & finest comprehensive arts facility in Hawaii. Theaters, art gallery, gift shop.Tel. 242-2787. Restrooms.




STOP 9: QUEEN KAAHUMANU CENTER PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER  
DIST/TIME: 0.6 Miles/Approx. 2 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului  
 ROUTE:
  • Leave parking lot and return to Hwy 340
  • Turn right and go short way to Hwy 340 & 32
  • Entrance to Center is across the road on right
Valley Isle's largest mall - the place where Maui shops. Tel. 877-3369.


END OF DRIVE - RETURN TO KAHULUI

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