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Address: 870 Iao Valley Road, Wailuku, Maui, HI
Phone Number: 808-270-7232
Activities: Getting married, Picnicking

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Visual Reminder of the Diverse Cultural Heritage of Hawaii

This park gives a snapshot of the cultural diversity of the people of Hawaii. Unfortunately, some of the gardens/building structures are not well-kept to truly honor cultural... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

This garden was recommended to us as a location for family portraits, so when we stumbled across it on our way to the Iao Needle, we were excited to explore. For a photographer aiming a camera at specific backgrounds, I can see how this park works. But for the average viewer taking in the whole scene, it feels as if... More 

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Hawai'i
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Back in the day, this was the place I'd ask my mom to take me on Saturdays so I could "feed the fish" in one of the ponds. Not much has changed since then. THE PARK: It's located deep inside Iao Valley on the way to Iao Valley State Park. Entry is free and parking is plentiful. On the stream... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This park gives a snapshot of the cultural diversity of the people of Hawaii. Unfortunately, some of the gardens/building structures are not well-kept to truly honor cultural heritage of immigrants. Nonetheless, you can still learn something about the immigrants through this visual reminders of widely diverse population of Hawaii.

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Diamond Bar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Filipino, and New Englanders all contributed to Hawaii's distinctive cultural mix. Stroll through the gardens and enjoy the buildings, plants, and memorials.

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Branson, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Thankfully it is free but this was a real disappointment. Guidebooks call the gardens "charming" and even suggest staging weddings there. I call them forlorn and forgotten, overgrown and dilapidated. Too bad, really. Something got lost in some round of budget cuts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised to find these gardens and learn more about the different immigrants who have impacted Hawaii. Some sections are more detailed and better maintained than others. It is worth your time if you like history or gardens.

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Wailea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

If you go to Iao, you must stop here and experience the peaceful scenery. The pictures will make your friends think you are in Asia, and you really travel in time here.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Here are gardens in honor of the major cultures that made Hawaii. Beautifully peaceful place where you can have lunch, if you bring your own food that is, and walk through the various pavilions dedicated to them. Surrounded by high mountains and along side a flowing stream, it makes for a very peaceful experience.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Went through here on a tour entitled 'Best of Maui.' If that's the case then Maui must be a pretty boring place. I think the tour companies just throw in this place to eat up a bit of time on their tours. Not even worth a photo stop!

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Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I guess we were more impressed with this garden than the other reviewers. It should be combined with a trip to see the Iao Needle. This garden is very picturesque and a great place to learn a little more about the history of Maui and the immigrants that came to the island decades ago. Some of the structures are undergoing... More 

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Address: 870 Iao Valley Road, Wailuku, Maui, HI
Phone Number: 808-270-7232
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Wailuku

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