Iao Needle Overlook and Botanical Garden, Iao Valley State Park

Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

Iao Needle Overlook and Botanical Garden, Iao Valley State Park

Iao Needle Overlook and Botanical Garden, Iao Valley State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Iao Valley, an ancient sacred site and spiritual center, sits in a rich green chasm in the West Maui Mountains above the town of Wailuku. The six-acre state park is home of Kukaemoku, commonly referred to as the Iao Needle, a moss-covered 2,250-foot basalt mantle that sharply rises 1,200 feet from the valley floor. The Iao Needle Overlook is a roofed pavilion with benches overlooking Wailuku, the Iao Valley, Iao Needle and the precipitous steep valley walls.

A paved nature trail curves through a tropical botanic garden that borders the banks of the Iao Stream. The gardens are landscaped with native and introduced plants. Hike up the paved path past the restrooms towards the bridge crossing over a tributary of Iao Stream. Before crossing, take the interpretive nature trail to the left, descending into the botanical garden. Follow the paved path, exploring the gardens and ponds. The trail loops at the southern end along Iao Stream."

Iao Needle Overlook and Botanical Garden, Iao Valley State Park Reviews

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5/28/2018
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6/29/2010
Very scenic, but very short, paved trail. Generally a nice break from the beach. Worth a visit.
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4/14/2010
Very short and easy (paved) trail. It's a worthwhile visit, but nothing too exciting. There are several hikes nearby that will walk you up the nearby mountains if you want a strenuous trail. Arrive early to avoid crowds, it's a known tourist spot. Also has several geocaches nearby.
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1/24/2003
This is not much of a hike, but the Iao (ee-ow) Park should not be missed on your visit to Maui. Go very early in the morning to have the park to yourself (it can get very crowded by late morning) and enjoy the scenic trails.
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Trail Information

Wailuku
Nearby City
0.6
Distance
130 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
30 minutes
Duration
Year-round
Season
U.S.G.S. Wailuku
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Dec 2018