So I’ve been pronouncing Iao wrong this entire time. It’s actually pronounced “Ee-Ow”. Which I suppose is still easier to pronounce than it’s traditional name “Kuka’emoku“.
It’s a short walk up the path to see the main monument; The Iao Needle. Almost every body should be able to do it. I read somewhere that it would take 30 minutes, but I don’t know what hike they were on because this walk took more like 30 seconds.
If you are going to catch an Uber or a Taxi here, make sure that they drop you off before they reach the boom gate. Otherwise they will be asked to pay $5 just to drive in and turn around. So hop out just before to save a few dollars. It will then only be $1 per each walk-in.
The Iao Needle was used by warriors as a look out.
So official trails are minimal. It will only be up a few steps to view the needle.
It’s a really beautiful place. With a stunning view every where you turn. I am very glad we got to see it.
See the whole experience right here: