It’s hard to believe today, but the route from Wailuku to ʻIao Valley was the site of Maui’s bloodiest battle. In 1790 Kamehameha the Great invaded Kahului by sea and drove the defending Maui warriors up ʻIao Stream. As the valley walls closed in, those unable to escape over the mountains were slaughtered. The waters of ʻIao Stream were so choked with bodies that the area was named Kepaniwai (Dammed Waters).
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