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Kaumana Caves Park

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Address: Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Fascinating chance to see an open lava tube right next to the highway.

Not sure why they call it a Caves Park since lave tubes are not caves and this portion of the tube was exposed due to a roof collapse--the opening now called "skylight." You can... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2016
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Not sure why they call it a Caves Park since lave tubes are not caves and this portion of the tube was exposed due to a roof collapse--the opening now called "skylight." You can walk right down into the tube, just be careful of the slippery surface. Well worth a quick stop to take a look and a snapshot.

Thank OhenryII
Echo, Oregon
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34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Interesting lava tube, but steep steps, rough rocks and dark. There are restroom facilities and a picnic table. It is easy to view the cave from above without walking down into it.

Thank rucherrio
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

The caves are across the road from the carpark. You will need strong flashlights. There is some steep stairs to go down to reach them. We first went into the left hand cave. It is very rocky initially. You need to walk about 15 meters then stoop down to get under a low rock. On the other side it opens... More 

1 Thank shhart
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239 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

It was interesting to see a different lava tube than Volcanoes National Park's Thurston. After parking across the street, this one is reached via a set of very steep stairs. The lava tube is unlit, and the floor is rock-covered. A flashlight or headlamp is recommended; cell phones probably aren't sufficient. It is also wet and dripping inside, so walk... More 

Thank LissaJ41
Grass Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Very nice place to explore a cave in a place that's not too far away. Lovely lava tube cave! Be aware that you have to walk down steep stairs and the terrain in the cave can be rocky and slippery. Bring good shoes and a good flashlight!

1 Thank janahn875
Pahoa, Hawaii
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is an only slightly challenging cave hike through some beautiful caves. Bring a flashlight and a camera. Enjoy.

1 Thank Thereisonly1earth
United States
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

If you want to see a lava tube, skip this one and go to the one in Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lave Tube) instead. The cave here is strewn with rubble and not safe to walk on. There are no lights inside, so bring a strong wide-beam LED flashlight. A lot of water drips from the cave ceiling, so it... More 

3 Thank Huckleberry_Finn_808
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Visiting this lava tube made me feel I'm back to Stone Age! It's amazing! So beautiful and Mistic. The owner takes a really good care of it. It's interesting, there is a sign: don't touch the interior of the cave. Almost everyone touched it. Come on! Are we adults or what?

Thank Judit L
Rochelle, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

This is an interesting concept. It's a lava tube "cave" (a lava tube is a "trough" the lava carves in the rock as it travels. Over time, the top cools and the inside still flows, so it's a "lava tube", not a traditional "eroded over time by water flow and filled with stalgmites and stagtites cave". Tips: 1. Bring Good... More 

1 Thank AvWriter
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Just down a few steps brings you inside a lava tube. Beautiful plants at the entrance. Wet and slippery outside, hot and humid inside with a very rough volcanic floor. You don't have to go far in to get the experience. Take a flashlight or headlamp with you so you can see where you are walking. The light from the... More 

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