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“Lovely park - lush foresty trees and "secret" hiking trail”

Iao Valley State Monument
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Owner description: Iao Valley State Monument, Maui, will remain closed indefinitely due to extensive damage from heavy rain and flooding the night of September 13 and early morning on September 14, 2016.
Los Angeles
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“Lovely park - lush foresty trees and "secret" hiking trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2010

This park is a great place to go if you're not a beach person. From Wailea it's less then a 30 minute drive. Parking is $5 and there were lots of paved parking spots. There are portable toilets, that were very clean. If you don't do the "secret trail" you'd probably only need about 30 minutes to walk around and see the Needle, take pics etc.

However if you want to spend the morning or afternoon here go up the paved steps to where there is a small hut and look out point directly in front of the needle. There is a sign posted on the left hand side by the railings saying "stay on marked path" and what time the park closes. Cross the railings and walk up and your now on a well maintained hiking path. Clearly people have been walking on this path as it is well maintained.

We only spent two hours hiking on the trail as we also wanted to hit the pool in the afternoon!! We bumped into only 6 people whilst hiking. Seemed like locals also know about the trail.

There is something at the end, a Temple of sorts. We didn't get there, but the hike had us walking through the rain forest, crossing small streams and we got some amazing waterfall views.

Only do this trail if your a regular hiker and you have the right sort of footwear.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2010

I loved I'ao Valley State Park! The length of the trail was just right, the scenery was beautiful. Perfect way to see the lush West Maui Mountains!!! Though, I agree with others, I wish there were options for longer hikes. I could have walked around there all day.

There are many stairs and walkways were often slippery, so keep that in mind as you plan your trip.

Parking was a bit tricky, the parking lot was full and I had to wait for a spot to open up. Parking cost $5. No restroom or water facilities and no rangers or naturalists were on site either.

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“Worth a short trip”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2010

It was literally a 5 minutes walk from the parking lot for you to get a great look of the famous Iao Needle and take some pictures. There was also an easy 30-minute walk around the park.

The stream under the bridge was flowing nicely. There was a spot off the path you could walk down so you could take picture on the running stream with the Iao Needle on the background.

I felt a little bit uncomfortable at the park. The restroom at the entrance looked as it was abadoned closed for good. It’s very unusual for a well known state park with portable john only.

It is one of those “must see” landmark but don't expect too much. If you read about the history of the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790, you would appreciate this park more.


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“This a great State Park that needs to be visited!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2010

Many families brought picnick lunches, swimsuits and rafts to hang out in the gentle flowing rapids in the park. The history in the park is also facinating. A must see for all ages maybe on one of those cranky days. Discover a little science and fun at the "Iao Valley Interactive Science Arcade and Gift Shop. A towering glass soarium presents ever-changing views of the valley, streams and aquariums of native streamlife. Explore thirty exciting hands-on exhibits and experiences. Discover the science behind the beauty of 'Iao Valley.

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“Easy hike with beautiful views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2010

This was an easy hike/walk with beautiful views of the lush West Maui mountains. You can get some great views of the Needle but you can only go a short distance into the mountains. Paved path and steps - very easy hike. There is also a pretty garden path to explore.

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