Sunday, February 27, 2011

Maui, Hawaii- Iao Valley State Park

The lovely, deep valley of Iao features the Iao Needle, a natural rock pinnacle which rises 2250 feet above sea level, presiding over the Iao stream and surrounded by the walls of the Puu Kukui Crater. Once used as a natural altar, the 2,250-foot stone pillar covered in green, is a basaltic core that has survived eons of swirling water.

Iao Valley is a peaceful lush area with easy hikes, exotic tropical plants, and clear, natural pools. The ridge-top lookout offers a fantastic view of the valley and Kahului Harbor.

Iao Valley is the site of one of the most famous battles that occurred in 1790 and changed Hawaii history forever when King Kamehameha I destroyed the Maui army in an effort to unite the Hawaiian Islands.

Photos: From the top: Iao Needle, View of the creek from the trail through the park, Mountains in the Iao Valley, the lush Valley, Taro growing, Mountains in the Valley.