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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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Excellent lava tube, BE PREPARED (read review)

Excellent lava tube to explore, for FREE! But you need to be prepared, here is a check list: flashlight or headlamp (not cell phone screen), hiking or tennis shoes (no sandals... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Hampton, Minnesota

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Hampton, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent lava tube to explore, for FREE! But you need to be prepared, here is a check list: flashlight or headlamp (not cell phone screen), hiking or tennis shoes (no sandals) & shorts/ shirt (it is HUMID). You park on the opposite side of the road. Then take the stairs down to the tubes. The tube on your right is... More 

1 Thank c3pon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here on our way back to Kona from Volcanoes Nat'l Park. We stopped at WalMart on our way to pick up flashlights and headlamps as others recommended here on TripAdvisor. We also recommend picking up bug spray as there are mosquitos outside of the caves. I cannot imagine hiking these caves with your cell phone lights. And truly... More 

Thank WaOz1
Waimea, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Hawaii does have caves and lava tubes. Be careful here. It is always fun to explore but a number of friends have fallen and received minor wounds.

Thank livelovexplore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Right at the side of the road heading out of Hilo they make a great stop on the way to Mauna Kea or the west side. Cave on right is down a steep ladder but very tall and wide. You can see how the lava flowed in. I had enough light with my phone's flashlight app. I'd recommend them to... More 

Thank knitwit76
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

You can go in a bit using your phone flashlight but best to have lights on a helmet or a real hand flashlight. 8 and 10 year old had fun even though we couldn't do the whole cave -- needed flashlight. Park is on mile marker 4- the place that trip advisor shows on its map is wrong!!

Thank maddierad
New Berlin, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

For most, this stop won't take more than a 1/2 hour, though you could walk the lava tube cave as far as you like, and that could take hours! We had a flashlight and enjoyed walking in far enough to "see" the pitch blackness of it all and marvel at how it was all formed by lava. The entrance is... More 

Thank Oatgirl12
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Really fun cave. It was pouring rain when we went and there was a waterfall inside. Watch out for the slippery rocks!

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Kent, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

After our short waterfall hike, I wanted to find another one to see, but stumbled on this instead on this site and I'm glad I did. For some of us this was their highlight of the trip. Parking was across the street and there are bathrooms there if you need it. The day was cold, wet and windy and we... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I LOVE holes in the ground, almost more than I like botanical gardens, and it's often difficult to find a hole you can explore without a guide or a minder. kaumana is terrific: easy to find, easy parking, easy access (there's a concrete stair that descends through the lava tube skylight to the bottom of the fissure where the tube... More 

Thank Jonathanschork
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This could be a commercial tourist trap but the locals decided to just make it available to anyone who wants to check it out. It really helps if you know a caver who can explain all the little things in a lava tube. We were glad to have done this down south before going here so we knew the dynamics... More 

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