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Iao Valley, Wailuku

4.3
#3 of 31 in Nature in Maui
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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  • If you are able walk off the paved pathways, head down to the waterways just before you enter the park. Beautiful rocky outcroppings to enjoy the natural flow of the water and watch the changing...  more »
  • We very much enjoyed our visit here. We walked at length around this beautiful and tranquil site and enjoyed reading all the informative signs. Sobering to think of the late 18th century battles here.  more »
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  • We came here in 2008. What a beautiful park! Can't believe more people don't know about it. Everybody talks about other, lesser sites, but this is really spectacular!
  • The Iao valley is a beautiful place with important history surrounding it as it was the site of one of the most brutal conflicts in Hawaiian history. There is a swimming area in the creek many local residents converge on this location to swim. Parking was available but in order to park each car entering must pay a fee of twenty five dollars.
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