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Kepaniwai Park at Iao Has Been Reopened

Kepaniwai Park reopens with an enthusiastic reception from visitors and residents.
April 21, 2017

Kepaniwai Park at Iao Has Been Reopened

For all of you avid Maui sightseers out there, you might be pleased to hear that Kepaniwai Park at Iao Valley has just recently reopened, so visitors and residents alike are once again welcome to enjoy this remarkable natural and historic site. As you may or may not have known, depending on the timing of your Maui vacations, the park was closed after damage caused by a storm.

In terms of hurricanes, Maui has an amazing track record. They just never seem to make landfall on our shores. In fact, we only have one account in recorded history of a possible hurricane landfall back in 1871. That being said, we do get storms with heavy rainfall at times, and the one that closed the park was a record-breaker that caused serious flooding.

Oddly enough, the beauty of Iao Valley is characterized by its sheer slopes and lush greenery, qualities resulting from rainfall erosion. Iao Stream is where the rainfall gathers, adding to the tranquil scenery and ambiance of the valley. The same force that shaped this remarkable site is what forced it to close for several months. A storm in September of 2016 dropped unusually heavy rainfall in the area, and the swollen stream caused substantial erosion to certain areas of the park.

On April 10, 2017, the park officially reopened, announced by the Parks Department, which had been overseeing major repair and restoration of the affected areas. The park's current hours are 7am to 7pm, and both the upper and lower restrooms are open, along with the park pavilions. The upper section of the valley, which comprises Iao Valley State Monument, is still closed for repairs, but state officials say it will be open again by this summer.

To some Maui visitors, Iao is a No. 1 favorite site on the island. It boasts a dramatic landscape, lush jungle scenery, cooling mists, a respectable stream, and delightful historic features, all located just over 20 minutes from Kahului Airport. Compare that to the jungles of East Maui, which require at least twice as long to reach, and a whole day trip to circumnavigate. If you're staying at one of our West Maui vacation rentals, you'll find Iao on the other side of the mountain, perched above Wailuku. For more information on the park, you can visit www.co.maui.hi.us. Mahalo!

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Posted on April 21, 2017
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