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Kepaniwai Park & Heritage Gardens

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Address: 870 Iao Valley Rd, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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+1 808-270-7232

Iao Valley State Monument, Maui, will remain closed indefinitely due to...

Iao Valley State Monument, Maui, will remain closed indefinitely due to extensive damage from heavy rain and flooding the night of September 13 and early morning on September 14, 2016.

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A Lovely Tranquil Spot

We stopped at this small park on our way from Iao Needle. What a lovely spot! The buildings, landscape and history of the many people groups who have come to Hawaii is very... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2016
Westbrook, CT
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a gem we came across by accident. The park is a collection of gardens and cultural memorials. Even though it was raining lightly, we thoroughly enjoyed the park and the history lessons. Obviously a popular location for family picnics. Plenty of covered ramadas, bbq facilities and restrooms. Easy to get to, but not easy to find on web... More 

Thank Karen D
Maui, Hawaii
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216 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Congrats to Maui County for getting it together to reopen Kepaniwai in record time after the Sept flooding...sorely missed by all the locals and visitors alike.... go see enjoy Aloha

Thank mauimann
Kihei, Hawaii
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I love this place. Many photo ops for photographers, a good place to help one understand the history of the Islands. There are picnic tables and restrooms so it makes a good place to stop for lunch when you are out and about. The way it is set up also makes it easy to get away from other people who... More 

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Westbrook, CT
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44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We stopped at this small park on our way from Iao Needle. What a lovely spot! The buildings, landscape and history of the many people groups who have come to Hawaii is very informative and the grounds make for a delightful place to wander or have a picnic under one of several pavilions. It's worth a stop.

Thank buriyoda
Felton, California
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740 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We stopped here for a short visit and were impressed by the various heritage gardens in the park. Very well done and well kept. Lots of nice picnic pavilions and areas. Nice clean restrooms also. Worth a visit.

Thank simon s
santa clara, ca
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52 reviews
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

Brought a picnic lunch, sat near gushing creek (that also goes through Iao Valley park), and enjoyed flowers, trees, etc. There are several small gardens honoring some of the immigrants to HI (Philipines, Japan, China, Korean, Portuguese). It's not even a quarter mile to the Iao Valley, so if it's a busy day, you can just walk from here.

Thank sfogirl
Moncton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

You'll find this garden on the road going to Iao Valley (a mile of so before on the left). Pay attention for the little sign just before or you'll miss it. It's a very nice Asian themed garden featuring plants, flowers, ponds, statues and traditional structures from China, Japan, Korea, Portugal and the Philippines. It is meant to highlight the... More 

1 Thank Luv2travel_RS
Kahului, Hawaii
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66 reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

This place is located a little ways before the entrance to the Iao Monument. Parking is free. There are Pavilions from different countries (i.e. Japan,China). Each has statues located near them. Ton of picture opps. Running through this is a manmade stream with good size fish swimming around. Beautiful flowers. Very relaxing, walking here is not difficult.

Thank mitzicat1
Maui, Hawaii
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

Rich with Japanese culture. The grounds are peaceful, tranquil and quiet. Not meant for loud noise or unsupervised children. Great places to take photos

Thank Lisandy777
Honolulu, HI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

I've been here before and was happy to see a new sign recently added about four years ago. It isn't maintained to the highest standards but wow what a peaceful place with a spectacular surrounding of towering lush green mountains. A stream flows beside the park and there are multiple areas for families to picnic and cook out. I would... More 

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