During your stay at Lahaina Shores, you may want to get out and experience other areas of Maui. We understand – you really can’t beat enjoying the beach. But, mixing up the scenery (and giving sunburned skin a break) with a short hike can be a breath of fresh air for the entire family. One of our favorite day trips and hikes is the Iao Needle hike. This beautiful spot is less than an hour away, and can be easily accessed by anyone. Here’s an overview of why we love it.
Iao Needle Hike: A Beautiful Spot
This highly-rated hike is a treasure that is well-loved by locals and travelers alike. There are many reasons for this:
The scenery of the Iao Needle hike is stunning: The dramatic lookouts offer great views of the Iao Needle. You’ll also enjoy the foliage and greenery. This place is the second wettest place in Hawaii. It receives an average of over an inch of rain per day!
The Iao Needle hike is very accessible. It’s easy to get to by car, and all the walkways are paved. This makes it a great choice if you’re traveling with older folks or children! Also, it is short – at less than half a mile round-trip, everyone in your group will be able to see the stunning sights.
This valley is considered to be sacred. The cliffs in the valley were used as a burial ground, and it was believed that their bones contained their mana (divine power). Take the lower trail to see an exhibition of what the valley look like generations ago.
Swimming and Cliff Jumping
Before you enter the park, thre are a few great places where you canjump into the stream to swim. These are along the park access road. Just be respectful of any locals you come across, and enjoy the beautiful area.
Lahaina Shores – the Best Accommodations to Access Activities
Lahaina Shores Beach Resort is the best location to stay during your visit to Maui. Because of our great location on historic Front Street and the beach, you can enjoy restaurants, bars, and the beach within minutes of stepping out your front door. And, other day-trips aren’t very far away, either. The Iao Needle hike is only a short distance from Lahaina Shores. Hop in the car, and you’ll be there in less than an hour. Book your stay today!