875 Iao Valley Road
Maui, HI 96793
The Iao Needle landmark in Iao Valley State Park is a vegetation-covered lava remnant rising 1,200 feet from the valley floor and surrounded by the cliffs of the West Maui Mountains (a dormant volcano). The second wettest spot in Hawai`i, Iao Valley receives more than 400 inches of rain per year, which flow into the Iao Stream.
The Hawaii Nature Center's Interactive Nature Museum is less than a mile away from the entrance of the State Park. Be sure to stop in, as the museum provides many hands on exhibits that the kids will love. Interact with a giant globe and yellow belt to see how many miles away you home is from the island of Maui. Take a picture skiing down the snowy peaks of Mauna Kea. Or view underwater life through a periscope. The Hawaii Nature Center Interactive Nature Museum will keep you entertained while providing some education about the flora and fauna of Hawaii.
Photo courtesy of Lao Valley and HI Nature Center