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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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Kaumana Caves

The caves are neat to see, there is no wheelchair accesibility. There is a huge staircase to walk down to two different caves, its neat to go inside. You need very bright lights... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
North Dakota
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North Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The caves are neat to see, there is no wheelchair accesibility. There is a huge staircase to walk down to two different caves, its neat to go inside. You need very bright lights (like huge flashlights or spotlights) if you want to venture in father. We didn't and it was kind of creepy getting futher into the cave. There are... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't get to venture too far into this lava tube as we didn't have adequate lighting to make our way, but hopefully next time we visit we'll be ready. This is an easily accessible and free park to check out. The parking is across the street from the lava tube entrance and you have to go down a steep... More 

Thank Ana P
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The road crosses the lava tube so you can go left or right. Wear shoes or boots with good traction, jeans, long sleeves, hat and gloves. You do not want to scratch yourself in lava rock. Bring a lantern, if possible the kind you put in your head because the tube is not lit. I have used my phone to... More 

Thank juli3t
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Free attraction where you can spend 10 minutes stretching your legs after crossing the Island from the Kona airport to Hilo on the way to the volcano. Its not worth a special trip to see it though.

Thank lmcq11
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a really cool experience. Our B&B host advised us to go here and to take the cave on the left at the bottom of the stairs for the best experience. He also provided us with two flashlights and this was essential. A phone light wouldn't have allowed us to see the tube properly. Go left at the bottom... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Parking across the street. Follow the bright yellow railings. Bring STRONG flashlights - this is a do it yourself site with no guides or anything. A bit slippery underfoot, but spectacular and unusual lava flows make it worth the scramble. Steep staircase and climb down to cave entrances.

Thank fibersong
Syracuse, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Kaumana Caves State Park is right off Kaumana Drive near the 4-mile marker just a little distance from downtown Hilo and not too far from the University of Hawaii-Hilo campus. If you want to experience what a lava tube is like and don't have a chance to go to Volcanoes National Park, then this is the place to go.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A cave very closed to the road. What is neat about it is just how red the ground is inside the cave. Very colorful contrast with the black volcanic rock. Nearby you can picnic.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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