Brutal Bloodshed In Such A Beautiful Place!

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While walking through the Iao Valley, I pondered the history of this bloody battle, the battle of Kepaniwai, which means "The damming of the waters" (  It got this name because when the battle occurred, the Iao stream was blocked by dead bodies. 

IAO Valley

As you can see in the photo above, the Hawaiian warriors were able to see all the way to the coast line.  This made the Valley a great location for their community.

In 1790 The Iao Valley was invaded by King Kamehameha when his forces landed in Kahului Bay at the base of the valley.  The word Iao means "cloud supreme" which I find appropriate, as in the 5 weeks that I spent there, there were always clouds surrounding these mountains. 

Iao Valley

The tall thin mountain top in the picture below, was the look out point for the warriors of the Hawaiian people. 

Iao Valley

This mountain is named Kuka'emoku, which means, Iao Needle.  Looking at the shape of the mountain, the name makes sense. 

The Iao Valley is the place where the 4 streams of Waikapu, Wailuku, Waiehu, and Waike'e meet, making this valley ideal for agriculture.  King Kamehameha conquered the valley and united the Hawaiian islands in the battle of Ioa Valley.

The photo below is a rebuilt replica of the settlements that you would find there on the valley floor. 

Iao Valley

When you walk through Iao Valley, there is a spiritual feeling that comes over you.  It was interesting to learn that the bodies of the highest chiefs have been burried in unknown "secret" places in the valley.  To this day, their locations are unknown. 

Iao Valley

The photo below is a local swimming hole on the Iao Valley Stream.  It is 6 feet deep in the center between the rocks.  I got in at this spot and boy is the water cold... but refreshing!

Iao Valley

The history of this battle is so brutal, but when walking through the beautiful land, it is difficult to imagine the bloodshed that took place here.

Iao Valley

Iao Valley

There are several areas that are easily accessible to the public to get to the stream. 

Iao Valley

The floweres around are beautiful as well!  I love being able to be in such a gorgeous place and soak in the beauty around.

Iao Valley flowers

I have a lot more photos of this visit that I will be posting to our company fan page on facebook as I get through them.  How blessed I feel to have the opportunity to see these amazing places!  Enjoy your week and keep smiling!  (

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Comments (15)

Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Peter and Dawn, That was a delightful tour of the Iao Valley.  I don't know if you should say delightful with the history of blood shed but it looks delightful now.

Apr 13, 2010 12:46 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Peter and Dawn - You have captured some amazing photos of a spectacular place.  I've been to the area, but if I once knew the history of it, I have since forgotten it!  I really need to return there one day!

Apr 13, 2010 02:29 PM
Chris Minion
O'Brien Realty - Lexington Park, MD

Hello Peter & Dawn,

Your photos of the Iao Valley are awesome!  Loved the scenic tour & learning about the history of this truly beautiful place.


Apr 13, 2010 04:30 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Peter & Dawn, Amazing photos and thanks for the history, it is very difficult to believe such a beautiful place was the setting for that kind of battle!

Apr 13, 2010 05:26 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Dawn, I am seeing no photos at all. I can see where they are placed thoughout the story because each place a photo would be, the words  Iao Valley is there. I have been trying all evening to upload and just getting proxy errors so  I gave up. Is that the possible answer?

Apr 13, 2010 06:56 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Photos are there now. So no need to take action. Now I need to go up and re-read and look at them. Back in sec. How totally stunning. What a place for a trip and your photos are wonderful.

Apr 13, 2010 07:01 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Hi Marchel,

Glad you enjoyed the voyage!  It is an amazing place.  If you do ever get out to the area again, look us up as it is about 10 minutes from our house there on the island.  I am glad that you were able to see the photos as there seems to be a lot of proxy errors going around tonight.  Have a great Wednesday!  :)


Apr 13, 2010 07:34 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Hi everyone,

I have been having major trouble getting my responses to you all to post tonight.  I am going to sign off for the night and hope for better luck tomorrow.  There seems to be a server issue going on and rather than sitting here getting frustrated, I will try again in the am.  Hope you all have a great night!


Apr 13, 2010 08:06 PM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Great story.....beautiful pictures! Hope you have a great day!

Apr 13, 2010 10:36 PM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Dawn - this is an interesting story, and beautiful photos, I love it. However, not all your photos are here - I see the captions for them, tho. It's not your fault - I tried to post this morning and am having the same problem. I let Bob know about it. Late Friday the new servers should be fully operational.


Apr 14, 2010 05:07 AM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for all of the comments.  I am glad that you all liked the photos.  It is a very beautiful place to be.  I will be going back again soon I am sure.  I can't seem to stay away from the island for long.  I hope you are all having a great weekend.  We are very busy with baseball right now.  We had a game today and had to be at the field at 8:15am.  We then had practice at 3:00pm for a tourney that we have to be at tomorrow at 8:30am across town.  Our youngest son will play between 3 - 7 games tomorrow too!  He hit a home run today, a couple of doubles, and a single.  He made 6 outs and turned a double play and also pitched 4 innings and struck out 5 batters!  He is hoping to get a scholarship to Stanford for Medical school.

I have been taking lots of photos and will be posting them on our facebook page.  Enjoy your Sunday!!


Apr 17, 2010 04:49 PM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Beautiful pictures-thank you for that bit of history.  Such a somber story!

Apr 22, 2010 12:53 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

What a great history and language lesson!  You sure picked a nice day to go to Iao Valley.  

Apr 22, 2010 10:28 AM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Hi Debra,

Thank you.  I thought it was an interesting battle.  One that I didn't know much about until my visit there.  Hope you have a great weekend!


Apr 23, 2010 10:30 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Hi Georgie,

Thanks.  I enjoyed researching the event.  It was a gorgeous day.  It started raining as I was leaving for the day.  I guess we timed it just right.  It was quite hot when I was there and the sun was shining bright.  Hope you are well and enjoy your weekend.  I may be back out there in a couple of months.  If so, I will give you a call.  I would love to do some surfing this summer too!!  I really miss my beach time!


Apr 23, 2010 10:36 PM