Is how you pronounce ’Iao Valley, “valley of dawning inspiration.” It’s a lovely, lush valley that cuts into the volcanic cone that forms West Mau’i. Once reserved for Hawaiian royalty, it is now the home of a number of botanical gardens and exporters.

Gardens at the 'Iao Valley State Park

The physical feature that sets it apart is the ‘Iao Needle.

The first sight of the needle

View of the Needle from the gardens

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