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“A wife favourite, therefore mine too!”

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.
Maple Ridge, Canada
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“A wife favourite, therefore mine too!”
Reviewed 14 January 2014

There are two sections: a lower section and the actual needle/park area.( it is a long walk between the two) The lower gardens offers the history of the Asian roots of Maui/Hawai'i. Statues, monuments, water features, and areas for family to meet and eat. Limited free parking here. The actually park in $5 for non residence. Here there is a paved path through gardens and water features to the start of stairs(135ish) to the lookout at the base of the needle. Walking impaired people will have limited access. Being high in the valley the views will be spectacular but it might be rainy, windy, and much cooler than Kahalui and Wailuku. Could be portable washrooms; bring your own food and water as no areas to purchase. Great place for family walk and picnic. ( bug repellant might be needed)

Visited January 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“Mysterious in the Mist”
Reviewed 13 January 2014

First trip to Iao Valley, just had not "gotten around to it", on previous trips. Son & daughter-in-law wanted to go, so off we went first thing in the morning. I have to say that it was a misty, light rain kind of day, and I think that really added to the splendor. The valley walls are quite steep and verdant. There are numerous stops with signage describing history, etc., as you walk the trails. We took a very leisurely approach and enjoyed our time here. Got some great photos as well.

The day we were there, the bathrooms were closed for some kind of work, so if bathrooms are something you need often, you might want to get info ahead of time, though I highly doubt the bathroom work is something that happens very often. The rain seemed to keep the numbers of other visitors low, which added to our own enjoyment.Definitely worth seeing, and adding your own photo of that iconic monolith. Learning the history of an epic battle that took place there was very interesting as well.

Visited February 2013
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Didsbury, Canada
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“Interesting History”
Reviewed 13 January 2014

The Iao Valley State Park is very lush and green with lovely scenery. They have serveral trails and levels to explore. The area is not wheelchair friendly and there are quite a few stairs to climb to get to the Needle lookout. There is access to an area that overlooks everything and my elderly Mom was able to enjoy the view from there while we hiked to the Needle. There is also some interesting information about a huge battle that was fought on the site.

Visited December 2013
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Gainesville, Florida
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250 reviews
96 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

We visited Iao Valley on our last day in Maui and are glad we did. It is beautiful and easily accessible. There are lots of hiking trails and numerous photo opportunities. It is definitely worth the short drive - be sure to take a jacket because it gets windy.

Visited February 2013
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Kenora, Canada
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144 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“It is a great view and a easy hike if that is what you choose”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

Nice area, Great views nice hike. It was worth at least one trip here, i amnot sure that I will return but it was very enjoyable, $5 fee for non residents.

Visited January 2014
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