My second day in Hawaii started with a picnic of local fruits and a hike through the West Maui Mountains. Iao Valley State Park, a stream-split lush forest, is situated within this mountain range. The 4,000-acre (1.6-square-meter), 10-mile (16-kilometer) long park is full of exotic flora and fauna, as well as paved trails that are perfect for exploring. The hallmark of the area is the Iao Needle, a peak that formed because one piece of land refused to erode while the area around it did. Now covered in foliage like the rest of the valley, the Iao Needle rises about 1,200 feet (3,600 meters) into the air.
If you're planning a trip to Hawaii, spring and fall are excellent times to go to avoid higher prices and crowds, as well as the winter rainy season. That said, the daytime high temperature in Hawaii hovers between 78 and 85 year-round, so there's hardly a bad time of year to visit.
Have you traveled to Maui or one of the other Hawaiian Islands? What are some of your favorite spots and travel tips? Share your two cents in the comments!
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