Iao Valley State Park
I met a wonderful woman while battling the Hawaiian surf old-lady style. On our last day there she told me about Iao Valley State Park where we had not visited. So before we went to the airport we spent an hour or more hiking around this park wondering how in the world the ancient warriors ever hid behind this needle.
So up we go to see this big needle that was a famous hiding ground for ancient warriors. It’s so steep that we wondered what they did before these steps were here?
The climb was easy because we both stopped frequently to take pictures. I got sidetracked by a spider web sparkling in the sun that wouldn’t cooperate. Needle-like FOCUS Marsha. (Self-talk is good.)
The vista was splendid and we are not even close to the viewing area!
This lookout point is as far as the paved public trail takes you. Still, we were not very close to the Needle. So how DID those warriors get there? It’s still quite a climb.
And what a journey down was. It wasn’t raining while we were there, but the lush vegetation suggested that it rained often.
Kids frolicked in the water. I don’t advise walking on boulders with cool river waters gurgling over them especially over the falls!
There was something for everybody at this park.
The day was hot, about 86 degrees and muggy, so a splash of cool water from the stream felt good. There were plenty of cool rocks to sit and rest before starting back up to the parking lot.
At the end of the trail, we sat in the shade and watched the vog roll in. Vog results from the smoldering volcanic ash from a nearby island. Natives say that it’s no healthier for you than smog, but it’s a lot prettier. We sat and breathed it in for a while just to get a feel for the place.
With a needle this big, who needs a haystack? I have to say, this needle is a little disturbing. Cross my heart and hope not to die, I wouldn’t want IT in MY eye.
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