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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 »
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  • 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.
  • Magical place. Pictures do not do it justice. I’m from a very green state and I’ve never seen anything so lush and green.
  • So beautiful. Worth the trip to see the waterfall. It would be wise to take an umbrella with you. Both times I've been here it was prouring rain.
  • 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!

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