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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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  • Add to you list to take a drive out to Iao to see another side of the island - the views are incredible. Take a swimsuit (if so desired) or put your feet in the water.  more »
  • This is a nice stop that only takes about an hour or so to visit, it is an easy walk with stairs to the top of the viewing area. There are beautiful views and a few different things to see here.  more »
  • $5 for non-residents. Small parking lot, but we lucked out and got a spot right as we paid. To get to the monument, there’s a series of stairs (we counted, but I forgot – 333? Not as many as Diamond H...  more »
  • Even though I went on a rainy day(or it might be rainy back here all the time) the views are beautiful. You may be in a valley but all the green around you is breath taking! And it’s easy to get around with steps and trails. You wouldn’t be going on a giant hike and you can still see amazing views!
  • Most beautiful place on this Earth. I enjoyed it even more than the road to Hana. Bring a book or a bathing suit and stay all day. Have walking shoes. There are ramps for those that have a difficult time ambulating.
  • 5 sad stars :( This is a beautiful oasis and it got covered in asphalt and metal railings for the convenience of the tourists and makes it look like such a turn-off, same for the smell of the asphalt when it gets hot. Couldn't we just put some bamboo railings with some wooden stairs?
  • Beautiful lush valley with interesting history on plaques. Only $5 entry fee. Hiking is fairly limited unless you go off the trails.
  • Serene and scenic place. Good thing is that it is only 15 mins or so away from Kahului or the Central Valley. The needle is famous but all the views from observation deck are beautiful. You have to take stairs, not wheelchair accessible. There is a stream/ponds if you take the steps down from the parking lot. That looks amazing to spend some time chilling in the valley.

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