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Iao Valley, Wailuku

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State Park · Nature / Park
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In a tropical valley with its own tropical microclimate, Iao Valley attracts visitors with its spire-shaped Needle. Take a walk through the botanical garden to overlook the Needle, a 370 m (1200 ft) tall lava remnant. The valley itself was once a burial ground for rulers, and the monument was used as a sacrificial altar. One of the bloodiest battles of Hawaii also occurred at this spot. For these reasons, hiking through the area is not permitted. Instead, follow the paved paths and read the info boards. Put Iao Valley into our Wailuku trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Wailuku.
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  • This review is being written to update the status of the park. It is currently closed thru the early part of 2023. There is a gate across the road just up from Kepaniwai Park which prevents further....  more
    This review is being written to update the status of the park. It is currently closed thru the early part of 2023. There is a gate across the road just up from Kepaniwai Park which prevents further....  more »
  • Currently closed for maintenance works (as of August 2022) - just wanted to let people know on here. We were told it was planned to reopen from November 
    Currently closed for maintenance works (as of August 2022) - just wanted to let people know on here. We were told it was planned to reopen from November  more »
  • We added a visit to this valley on the recommendation of our tour guide on the Road to Hana. We are so glad we visited. It's such a lovely little spot. We went on a Sunday and there were a bunch of... 
    We added a visit to this valley on the recommendation of our tour guide on the Road to Hana. We are so glad we visited. It's such a lovely little spot. We went on a Sunday and there were a bunch of...  more »
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  • This was a great way to start our trip. After leaving the airport this was our first hike of the trip. It is about a 5 minute walk from the parking lot to the observation hut and there are views all around. Another 5 minutes down to the river gives you an opportunity to get your feet wet in the cool fresh mountain water. Do not drink any natural flow of water as there is a lot of bacteria that could make for a miserable stomach. But definitely get your feet in there and maybe stack some rocks. When we did this, we knew we had actually arrived in Hawaii. Note that the parking lot is $10 per car and there is a $5 per person charge to enter the trails.
  • Absolutely beautiful view. The climb to see the Needle is kind of steep, but most people wouldn't have too much trouble. There's a lovely little pond tour that I looked overhead of, but didn't see right in front of me. The path along the river is even more gorgeous however, offering an easy climb for people if you're willing. The climb isn't required though, and can be passed a little further down the path. Whatever you decide, it's a very pretty view of the Maui scenery.
  • This place is beyond stunning and def worth the drive! Be careful temps tend to be cooler up here. Great for a sunny day. The parking attendant may or may not charge for parking. He charged us but not the girl in front so it’s kind of a toss based on his mood, hence the 4 star rating. Other than that this place is awesome!
  • Beautiful! If you drive all the way up, there's paid parking. I believe it was like $5-10, and to me, very reasonable. The tea gardens were divine and it's so nice and relaxing. Next time, I'll make sure to pack a lunch to enjoy a picnic! Would highly recommend!
  • This is a very short, well maintained path that allows for spectacular views. Perfect for young kids or mobility challenged persons to see some spectacular sights, although be warned there is an incline. There is a short, unpaved hiking path down to the water, but it doesn't really provide anything passed what you can see or experience from the paved portion. At the very top there is a small, covered area with bench seating where we experienced someone placing singing bowls. The parking lot was full when we visited, but we were able to find a spot quickly as the turn around is significant.

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