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“Surprise little gem”

Makauwahi Cave Reserve
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Half-Day History and Ecology Trek at the Makauwahi Cave Reserve
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Kalaheo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Discovered this while out exploring in the area, so had no expectations. Immediately felt like I had come upon some secret pirate treasure hiding place. I visited when the staff was not around, so I explored alone, but thanks to some signage and a free brochure, I was able to understand and explore. Found the entrance around back by following the stream side trail. Cool place! Secret Kauai gem.

3  Thank Elizabeth G
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

We were stumbling around looking for the trail to the Lithified Cliffs in Poipu when we were greeted by a volunteer who works in the Makauwahi Cave in the same area, and she showed us the cave. This is a natural sink-hole that is being excavated by a scholar and his team of researchers and volunteers. It is a really fascinating find and well worth a visit if you are traipsing around the Poipu area.

See their website for more information:

http://www.cavereserve.org/

7  Thank Snarth
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

The Makauwahi Cave located by Maha'ulepu beach is accessible by a trail from CJM stables or on an unpaved road to the Maha'ulepu beach. The 17 acre park was created by Dr. David and Lida Pigott Burney with the aid of hundreds of volunteers and Joe Kanahele, Reserve Caretaker. The property belongs to Grove Farm Company. Open Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
There is an archaeological school run each year by the Burneys and Kauai Community College.
The entrance is a crawl hole with a gate so to visit the inside one must go on Sunday. From the trail above one can look into the cave. Excavations have revealed 10,000 years of the island's history. When it is open, guides provide fascinating interpretation of what has been found here.
Dr. David Burney has written a book about his findings: Back to the Future in the Caves of Kaua'i: A Scientist's Adventures in the Dark.
On the grounds around the cave native plants have been reintroduced and are being cultivated to plant in other parts of the islands,. African spurred tortoises are being used to keep the weeds down. The tortoises were acquired as pets by people over the years and when they grew too big they tried to find new homes for them. Eating foilage here was a perfect fit, so several are now in residence. The cave visit is free but donations are gladly accepted. We bring all our friends here and visit the cave yearly.

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Reviewed 20 April 2017
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Reviewed 30 October 2014 via mobile
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