Iao Valley’s Kepaniwai Park Reopens
May 21, 2017 | Joe Kubelka

One of my favorite places on the island of Maui is Kepaniwai Park in Iao Valley. The natural beauty of Maui surrounds you. The clouds move throughout the valley. The cool clear water is perfect for taking a dip on hot days.


Looking upstream in Iao Valley toward what used to be parking lot.

The park has been closed since mid September 2016 due to a severe storm which ripped through the island. Massive flooding in the valley caused a large portion of the parking lot to wash away down stream. There were several homes and other personal property that was severely affected. Follow this link to the Maui Now articlewhich has photos of the destruction caused. For more information on the reopening of the park as well as more photos of the park before the renovations had started please see the following Hawaii News Now Article.

The park remained closed until early April 2017 when it reopened after renovations have been made. I recently had the time to go out to the park myself to see the aftermath of the storm and the renovations which were recently done to restore the park. For more information on the reopening of the park as well as more photos of the park before the renovations had started please see the following Hawaii News Now Article.

The river has been widened to compensate for potential future flooding.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources released a statement in May announcing their plans to reopen the state monument portion of the park sometime in mid July 2017. The state is working on slope stabilization as well as installing flexible traffic delineators and protective guard rails in several areas of the park to prepare for visitors.

A large pile of rocks replaced what was formerly part of the parking lot

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