Located in Central Maui, ʻĪao Valley State Monument is home to one of the island’s most iconic landmarks, the 1,200-foot Kuka‘emoku (also called the ʻIao Needle). The lush, green outcropping can be seen by taking the Iao Needle Lookout Trail, a short 0.6-mile loop trail that leads to a viewpoint. Also a historically significant site, ʻĪao Valley is where the battle of Kepaniwai took place in 1790, when King Kamehameha I defeated the Maui army. The battle helped changed the course of Hawaiian history, with the islands uniting under one kingdom in 1810 after years of conflict.
The park, which includes hiking trails, swimming, and picnic areas, is one of the most visited attractions in Maui, and it has also been named by this publication as one of the nation’s must-visit state parks. However, out-of-state visitors will now be required to book a reservation in advance, which also includes a $5 entry fee and a $10 parking fee. Children under three and Hawaii residents with a valid driver’s license or state ID can enter for free.
Michelle Harris is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Over the years her writing has also appeared in Atlas Obscura, Mental Floss, and Audubon Magazine. When she’s not busy typing, she enjoys hiking, road trips, and cooking vegan food.
Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.
Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.
You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.
As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.