April 25, 2005
Today, Iao Valley is renowned for its exotic tropical plants, easy hikes, and peaceful, luxuriant terrain, which has appealed both locals and tourists. The ridge-top lookout offers a stupendous view of the valley and Kahului Harbor. Crossed the bridge that spanned Mala stream, you may be surprised to see the locals dipping themselves in the clear and natural pools. After crossing the bridge, it was a good vantage point to take a picture of the Iao Needle. Deeper in, you will find more wonder of the valley, like a creek with smooth surfaced rocks, tropical plants, and even taro growing!
Some reminders still: saunter gingerly through the valley and keep out of the restoration area where exotic tropical plants dwell, and bring along your mosquito repellent. This valley seem to be an insect lair.
From journal Wonder of Maui