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Hawaii Nature Center of Iao Valley

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Address: Maui, HI
Phone Number: 808 244 6500
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Beautiful gardens and picknick grounds

An older garden, in part a monument to the early Japanese settlers that worked in the sugar cane fields. They have restrooms, covered tables and Bb-q grills. We noticed locals... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 6, 2015
daveb914
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San Jose, California

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Cambridge, Minnesota
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The park is closed until January 22, so don't plan to see it until then!! We had seen it before, and were looking forward to seeing it again, and we were very disappointed. They could've done a better job of publicizing that it would be closed.

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1 Thank Roger A
San Jose, California
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128 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

An older garden, in part a monument to the early Japanese settlers that worked in the sugar cane fields. They have restrooms, covered tables and Bb-q grills. We noticed locals there using the grounds. A nice place to walk through and have a picknick lunch. No entrance fees.

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Thank daveb914
San Jose, California
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71 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This is a great place to visit when it gets too hot on the island. Iao Valley is a rainforest and I think there are 169 steps up to the monument. Small, serene and beautiful little paths loop around tropical gardens and a beautiful stream. However, it is not advised to swim in the stream when the rainfalls have been... More 

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1 Thank Carmen H
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54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

After reading the travel books about it..we were expecting something a bit more than it was. (The book said 10 mins of stair climbing) ... really ..maybe 2 mins at the most.....after a very short walk up some stairs and then ...WE're HERE....a view from afar of a hill covered in moss...not much to see here...you also have a very... More 

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Thank Neatesy
Nebraska
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217 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The guides are full of lots of history and information about all the plants in the center. It is very interesting and you see many plants and flowers you may not have known before. It was a fun tour

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Thank smoothcj
Edmonton, Canada
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

Whatever you do, bring it wear your bathing suit!! After the very short and not taxing walk up to the needle, there is a spectacular and unexpected fresh water stream down by the forest trails... We spent some time splashing about and staying cool!

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Thank Kasia A
Shanghai, China
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89 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

This park was lovely. But the paths are limited; there were 3 brief routes that you could take. And none of the paths were very long. I think if I had small children this would have been a great way to spend an hour or so letting them wander and play and feel like explorers within a controlled environment. But... More 

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Thank NinjaPrincess2014
Fort Collins, Colorado
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We loved the beauty and history of this place. A peaceful, self guided, meditative experience. A five minute drive from here to the Iao Needle!

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1 Thank EandMR747
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Only visit on a dry day, we had light to heavy rain, very misty to see the Loa Needle .Public toilets closed have to walk past to get to the look out. Only portables available not good for a major tourist spot.

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Thank PETER S
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127 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It is a nice little walk before the Iao valley needle. Not much to see but quite pretty and a lovely setting . History is interesting though

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