Heritage Sites of Maui
Heritage Sites of Hawaii are special places located throughout the islands that provide significant historical, cultural and environmental contributions to the understanding and enjoyment of Hawaii. Whether it’s a unique natural wonder; a National Park or Monument; or a sacred place that encapsulates Native Hawaiian customs, beliefs and practices; these are the sites that are “must see” destinations that have been visited by the people of Hawaii for generations.
On Maui, there are two Heritage Sites of Hawaii. Haleakala National Park is a stunning natural wonder spanning from Upcountry Maui’s highest point (3,055 metres) to the southeastern coast of Kipahulu. Covering 12,142 hectares, this park has the largest concentration of endangered species of any National Park. It is also known for unforgettable Haleakala sunrises atop its soaring summit.
Just beyond the Maui’s county seat of Wailuku, you’ll discover the lush Iao Valley State Monument. Home to the Iao Needle, one of Maui’s most famous landmarks, this is the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790. Culturally and spiritually significant to Maui, this beautiful Heritage Site is the perfect spot for a short, relaxing hike. Learn more about the other Heritage Sites of Hawaii.