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Iao Valley, Wailuku

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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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  • The Iao Needle is an iconic formation of harder volcanic rock that remained upright after the surrounding ridges eroded over countless years by water from the clouds. The sharp, volcanic dike... 
    The Iao Needle is an iconic formation of harder volcanic rock that remained upright after the surrounding ridges eroded over countless years by water from the clouds. The sharp, volcanic dike...  more »
  • What a beautiful place !! A very simple hike throughout the park with beautiful scenery everywhere. We saw people swimming in the creek and it looked cool but be careful if you do. 
    What a beautiful place !! A very simple hike throughout the park with beautiful scenery everywhere. We saw people swimming in the creek and it looked cool but be careful if you do.  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.

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