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.
Iao Valley Reviews
My wife and I stopped here when we arrived in Maui on way to our hotel. Beautiful park and fabulous scenery! more »
This was such a beautiful place. It isn't very far out of town and all of sudden you are in this beautiful valley. This hike up to the viewing area is relatively easy, Well worth the time. more »
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 stairs made of rocks?
Thought it would be pouring when we were on our way but the weather was very pleasant! There are quite a few steps to the big viewpoint, but it’s not too long of a walk. We took all the side trails, not going past the signs that say it’s dangerous, and it was very pretty! The mountains are breathtaking and so tall and steep! Lots of waterfalls around in the mountains. It’s a must stop at some point on your trip, and it doesn’t take long.
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