Lao Valley State Park is a lush valley in West Maui, only minutes away from the hostel I am staying.
The Lao Needle, a vegetation-covered lava remnant, rises 2250 feet from the sea level. This green-mantled rock is often viewed as an icon of Maui. And it is pretty impressive. However, the park is tiny! It takes 10 minutes to walk the whole place! Unlike other states, parks in Hawaii seem to be small with very short trails. I don’t know whether it is due to preservation of the land or other reasons. It would be great to have a trail leading to the Needle or the lush mountain side.
The photos below include the views from another small park and a plantation nearby.