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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
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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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Breckenridge, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

This park was really pretty, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. I wish we'd just stopped by on our way to the airport. It sounds like that's the way to go. It literally only takes about a half hour. You can see the needle from the parking lot (which costs $5). There is a short... More

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Grand Rapids, MI
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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Thanks to other TripAdvisor reviewers for guiding us to this park. It was a great stop as we explored the western part of Maui in our rental car. There are really three distinct sections to the park -- a small botanical garden, a climb up to a lookout, and a short trail down by the river. None of the trails... More

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Los Angeles, California
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Iao Valley, which is a very small valley, costs the visitor $5 to visit at the time of this writing (May 2012). The Valley is the site of an anciet battlefield and as such has a historical significance. The centerpiece for the valley is the Iao Needle, a rock spire that served as a lookout point during the battle. There... More

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Penticton, Canada
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17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Fun detour up into a Maui valley - very happy we 'stumbled' upon this place we'd never before heard mentioned on the island. $5 parking fee.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

We visited Iao Valley State Park just before we left Maui. We almost did not visit it. There is a fee $5 per car to be paid in a machine. The setting is quite magnificent. Very tropical and one can imagine the original Hawaiian people considering this a very emotional and culturally important place. You can see the beautiful mountain... More

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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Very short hike - but such a difference from the oceanside! Lush, green & spectacular

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

This is a small valley not far from the airport. It should not take more than a half hour to walk the short trail and climb some steps and see the valley. When you return to your car look up between the mountains and get a nice view of Kahului.

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Shelley ID
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

Up a small historical valley to many lush gardens, take along rain gear just in case, lots of photo opts, would go again just for fun! Mornings seem to be better for skies than afternoons and evenings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

This is an easy walk up to see the needle.There are an additional 133 stairs to go higher up but not needed. A lovely stream goes through the area and there is an old hawaiian living site.

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San Jose
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

Easy to find. We didn't spend a lot of time here since it was kind of a rainy day, but we got excellent views of the Iao Needle, falls, etc. Because of the weather we didn't hike the trails much, but there were several areas I would have liked to explore more. Very much enjoyed it.

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