MM 205: The Iao Needle

My entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge is another photo I took while on vacation on the island of Maui during the summer of 1982. We visited Iao Valley State Park one day and I took this photo of the famous Iao Needle.

The Iao Needle is the top attraction in Iao Valley State Park. Hawaiians call the 1200 foot tall needle Kuka’emoku.

Click on the photo to see a larger version of the photo.

Iao Valley is about half-way between Lahaina on Maui’s west coast and Kahului in central Maui. There is no direct route through the West Maui Mountains, however, and you have to drive on Route 30 (the Honoapiilani Highway) along the southern coast and then north towards Kahului. The park’s entrance is about three miles west of Wailuku.

A bloody battle between invading forces led by King Kamehameha of Hawaii and local defenders led by Kalanikupule of Maui took place in the Iao Valley in 1790.

Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website on Wednesdays (Tuesdays in Europe and North America) to see what Leanne and other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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5 Responses to MM 205: The Iao Needle

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    You must have an amazing archive of excellent photos to draw from together with a high quality scanner. Great capture!

    • I bought my scanner in 2006 and thought I had finished scanning all of my slides a few years ago. Then I recently came across a couple of trays that I had previously overlooked and scanned them last week. One tray was mostly the Maui 1982 trip. Another contained some slides from a trip to Canada in 1981. We just visited Vancouver and Vancouver Island that time. I will post a few pictures soon from that trip.

      • Peter Klopp says:

        I ‘inherited’ thousands of slides from my late brother-in-law covering several decades from 1965 to 1990. A huge job is waiting to be done.

  2. mvschulze says:

    Recognized this instantly, Jeanne and I visiting on our way back to Kaanapali from the top of the island …. in 1980. M šŸ™‚

    • That was our second visit to Maui in 1982. We also stayed there in 1972 when our oldest was only a year and a half. We also went on a cruise in 2005 that stopped on Maui for a few hours. I hear that the Iao park has been closed a lot recently because of flooding.

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