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Īao Valley State Monument (State Park)

Īao Valley State Monument (State Park)

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Time needed: 1-2 hours
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Suitable for:
Everyone
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Known and much going on
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Insider Tip
Time needed: 1-2 hours
0.5 hours
Optimal arrival time:
Does not matter
Cost:
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Īao Valley State Monument (State Park) - description

Iao Valley translated means as much as "valley of the kings". Iao was considered the god of all gods and the "highest light". Hawaiians once carried their dead kings to this valley, which is where the name comes from. The valley was formed by the river of the same name Iao and a kind of natural altar, the Iao Needle (Kuka'emoku) rises at about 400 meters above the riverbed.

The Iao Needle is the landmark of this park, at the foot of which you arrive after a short hike up 133 steps. This elevation is said to symbolize the phallus of the sea god Kanaloa and served warriors as a guard post. For the history and culture of the Hawaiians, the valley is of great spiritual and historical importance. Thus, this is where the battle of Kepaniwai took place after which Hawaii was ruled by Kamehameha I in the 1790s and became a kingdom.

Those who have a deeper interest in the history of this valley should definitely visit the Hawaii Nature Center. Stop by, get more information and view the exhibits on display.

There is also a small botanical garden at the state park, which informs about the local flora and fauna.

What we say

Tommy
The view over the lush green valley is spectacular. Unfortunately, the hike to the viewpoint is very short, but it is also manageable for small children or older people.
Our checklist & tips:
  • Admission free for children under 3 years
  • Parking price 5$, admission price adults 5$
  • Pay attention to the weather forecast to choose a day with good visibility

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Longitude: -156.55227547530083
Latitude: 20.886373652031466

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