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“Beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Iao Valley State Monument

Iao Valley State Monument
End of Iao Valley Road, Highway 32, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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Haleakala, Iao Valley and Central Maui Day Tour
Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Wailuku
Type: Monuments/ Statues, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Picnicking
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Livermore, Colorado
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

This is a must do on Maui. And, it's a State park so all you pay is $5.00 for parking. It is so beautiful and there are great paved walk ways and stairs so it's very easy to enjoy the whole park. It isn't very large but there are a lot of different areas to explore and get away from the main crowd. There's a beautiful stream that runs through and has such a calming effect. A lot of people have late flights out of Maui and this is a great thing to do on that last day when you can't go to the beach because you've already checked out of your lodgings. It's only one town away from the airport and an easy drive over to Kahulua. We spent a few hours there before going to dinner and then to the airport.

Visited June 2013
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“Great stop for families. Close to the airport.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We had a few hours before we needed to be at the airport and decided to see the Iao Needle. We visited late in the afternoon on a Monday.

The parking attendant was very helpful as we paid the $5 per car fee. The parking lot was mostly full and a tour bus had just unloaded. The paved paths were wide enough to accommodate all the people comfortably. The views were spectacular. Definitely also complete the extra loop below to the stream. Very serene.

Our family, which includes a 4 and 5 year-old, loved this brief, easy to get to, easy to walk, breathtaking stop.

Visited June 2013
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“worth a quick visit if you have nothing else to do”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

OK, you have seen the picture of the "needle" so do you really need to come visit in person? Not really, there is nothing else here, the walking trail takes about 5 minutes to go around, and you can't go off to explore. The needle is usually in the clouds anyway so you may not see it after all.

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“Great adventure close to Kahului....Quick Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Super close to town but a world away. Only $5 bucks to park.... great location to walk around and enjoy beautiful Maui.

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“20 minutes from airport but a world away. Must go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

For those with little time to spare or limited mobility this is the spot to go and still feel like you have seen a bit of heaven. The trail is paved and you can choose to go up and climb the stairs or just walk around and enjoy the gardens. 3/4 mile round trip if that. Okay to venture on the main area with wheel chair and let others in your group check out the other sites... would only take 5-10 minutes or so.

You can see it all in 30 minutes or spend your time and enjoy a picnic lunch. Don't forget the camera.

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