A serene, sacred energy permeates this stunning state park. Framed by dramatic mountain cliffs and anchored by the Iao Needle, an iconic 1,200-foot spire, it was once called the “Yosemite of the Pacific” by Mark Twain. Modern visitors are equally moved by the mystical quality of this land, where abundant rainfall feeds the dense green foliage. Hardcore hikers may be disappointed; this paradise is easily accessible to everyone. Short, paved paths from the parking lot lead through a botanical garden past a babbling stream, while misty cloud-shrouded peaks loom above. Incredible scenery is the main draw, but the beauty belies the historical depth of this valley, where Maui lost a brutal history-changing battle to King Kamehameha I in 1790. Today, it’s the picture of peace—a magnificent sanctum providing new perspective in more ways than one.
It's really out of this world and mystical. You get there and find inner piece of mind. The sound of the trees with the wind brings out the spirit within you.
Iao Valley State Monument and More Nearby