Iao Valley State Park is one of Maui’s landmark attraction.
It is located in Wailuku, Central Maui.
Iao Valley is the second wettest place in Hawai’i.
The main attraction here is the ‘Iao needle (Kuka’emoku),
a 2,250-foot-tall (685 m) stone pillar, a remnant of Maui’s volcanic past.
We were informed that this place used to be Kapu, meaning forbidden for the commoners.
It was a sacred place and used to be a burial site for Hawaii’s Ali’i (royalty).
It’s also considered a historical site, where in 1790’s King Kamehameha fought a battle here to unite the Hawaiian Islands.
Nowadays, it is open to the public.
The scenery is very lush and the Iao Needle itself is covered in green.
There are marked walking paths to check out the Iao Needle.
In addition, there are walking paths to see some of the plants that
were commonly grown in pre-sugar Hawaii.
Also, on the paths, you will see and hear streams of water.
There were micro climates that occurred during our visit.
One side was very cloudy with sprinkles of rain.
The other side was sunny with clear blue sky.
As we shared before we love looking up at the sky and blessed to see a heart shape in the clouds.
I guess the sacred aura in the Iao Valley still exist.
Lots of Golden L♥VE n Woofs
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