Iao Valley

Wailuku Travel Blog

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Since this is vacation, we decided to take it easy and not venture too far today. We made the short drive to Wailuku to the 'Iao Valley.  As luck would have it,  the storms from the previous week had closed the park to all vehicles because of trees crossing the roadway. We decided to park in a lower lot frequented by tourist buses and make the 15 minute walk up the hill into the park. Along the way there were breathtaking views of the Maui Mountains that rise almost a mile with streams rushing below.

This valley holds sacred meaning in Hawai`i's history. This was the area that King Kamehameha I trapped the army of the Maui King. Inside the valley is the famed 'Iao Needle where the army stood at a lookout.
Sacrifices also occured at this 1,200 foot rock formation but from the beauty of the valley one would never guess.

Just outside of the valley, where we parked, is the Kepaniwai Park. This park serves as a Heritage Garden where different areas of the park represent the ethnic diversity that has settled the islands.

The entire valley was beautiful. We didn't spend too much time there as an hour or so is all that we needed to hike the trails.  Entrance to the park is free and is open from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. daily. You may want to consider bringing masquito repellent because we left with less blood than we went in with.

After the park we headed to the mall in town to grab some lunch at the food court and then spent the rest of the afternoon by the pool basking in the sun.
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