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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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Iao Valley reviews
The Iao Park is still officially closed for erosion repairs. So far the reopening date of April 15, 2023 is the published reopening date. I would still phone before going. Because they suggested...
The Iao Park is still officially closed for erosion repairs. So far the reopening date of April 15, 2023 is the published reopening date. I would still phone before going. Because they suggested... more »
Part of valley was closed. Climbed rocks to get to falls. Pretty trees. Pretty grounds. Cats, chickens and roosters everywhere! Worth the trip.
Part of valley was closed. Climbed rocks to get to falls. Pretty trees. Pretty grounds. Cats, chickens and roosters everywhere! Worth the trip. more »
Our family loves this park. There are really three facets to the main park, two paved walks and an unpaved hike. The first paved walk takes you up for a good view of the column. The second takes you down to a garden and ponds. The third facet is the unpaved path that leads you into the valley. For me, this is what takes this from a 3 star, to a 5 star. In this rain forest, you encounter all kinds of vegetation, water, and amazing views. If you learn about the history of this valley, you learn this is where one of the most crucial battles in Hawaiian history took place, where King Kamehameha got the upper advantage over the warriors of Maui, in order to unify Hawaii. To consider a battle in this terrain is mind blowing. They said the battle was so bad, the bodies dammed up the waters.
Amazingly beautiful valley with fascinating history. Parking is very limited, so be prepared to park on the road. Don't expect long hiking trails, but there are interesting places to explore along the rocky stream. The view from atop the stairs is well worth the walk. $5 per person entry plus $10 per car if you get one of the few slots in the lot. Credit card only!
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