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Iao Valley State Monument

End of Iao Valley Road, Highway 32, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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Ranked #3 of 16 attractions in Wailuku
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: State Parks, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Picnicking
Traveler Description: The Iao Valley State Park is about 3 miles away from downtown Wailuku.  Just take Main Street through Wailuku and you will arrive at the Park.  The... more »
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Wailuku, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

This place is worth the visit. It has many steps so wear appropriate footwear. Filled with mana - spiritual power!

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Hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Iao Valley has two parks. The lower park has various buildings reflecting Hawaii's varied cultures as well as many picnic tables and easy access to the Iao River for those wanting to dip their bodies in for some cool comfort. The upper park has the Iao needle as well as short walks that are very scenic. If you want to... More

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Lethbridge
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Iao Valley was definitely worth a visit. It is very picturesque and definitely warrants spending some time walking on the paths. Climb the stairs for a beautiful view. The vegetation is lovely and the $5.00 parking fee is well worth it. Highly recommended.

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Decatur, IL
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

You can drive straight up to this attraction and climb a few flights of stairs to get to it. It is not far hike. It is majestic and amazing. I do not think that the tourism books give it adequate billing. It is not far off of the beaten path and only cost five bucks to park.

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Edmonton, Canada
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Maui is known for its beach and balmy breezes. When you need a change, take a drive up here. The vegetation is lush, and rock formations are unique. The view is good. It is worth a brief visit only really

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Delta, Canada
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30 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We had not been to the Needle in a while and were surprised to see that there is now a guard at the parking lot. IF you are going to visit make sure you go on a day when the valley is clear of clouds to make your trip worthwhile. Yes, there are many stairs so take your time to... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I cannot believe that there was an entry fee for this attraction. It has AMAZING views, but you see EVERYTHING within the first minute of entering the park. I thought the trails would go on for miles and be a great place to hike. It took about 20 minutes to walk ALL of the trails and return to the car... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

It was nice to see and the Polynesian garden is lovely but it is pretty busy, lots of people ignore the many signs to stay on the trail and respect the sensitive cultural and environmental heritage of the are and the trails are somewhat limited if you want to go for a walk. The washrooms were closed too on a... More

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Belfair
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful places on the Island of Maui. The history of this place if horrific but don't let that stop you from visiting. This is a must see.

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Kihei, Hawaii
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Remember when a park was a place discovery and not entertainment? Iao Valley offers a wonderful place to get a feeling for the ancestry of the island. Great place for picnics and a little hiking if you want to.The kids love it. There is a small parking fee at the "needle" but it is free at the Heritage Gardens. Please... More

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