There are two parks inside Iao Valley. The first one is Kepaniwai Park Heritage Gardens. The gardens memorialize the multicultural history of Maui, with buildings and gardens representing Hawaiian, American missionary, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, and Filipino cultures. The gardens were restored in 1994, and are a nice place to stroll around, and have a picnic lunch. It also includes the Hawaii Nature Center.
The second park which is located at the end of the road is where you’ll see the Iao Needle. Families and children can connect further with nature by enjoying interactive exhibits at the Center, which offers a fascinating way for children and adults to learn about nature’s role in the creation of the islands and participate in a guided rainforest walk.