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The Needle is a historic site, for in 1790 a battle took place which made a mark in Hawaiian history. At Iao, King Kamehameha I defeated the Maui army in a pivotal battle in his quest to unite the islands under one rule, a feat that had never been accomplished prior. During past battles, the Iao Needle was an ideal spot to observe enemy movement. The monument, which was known as Kuka`emoku in Hawaiian, was supposed to have been used as an religious altar generations ago. There is a stone honoring the God of the ocean, Kanaloa, located upon the top of the needle.
Quite often, this valley and the view are shrouded by clouds, so if you want a great view of this amazing sight, it is suggested that you visit it early in the day. The Iao Needle is sure to make anyone’s vacation to Hawaii complete. .