Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

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Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
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Heather C
9 contributions
Wet, but worth it
Sep 2021 • Couples
This was a really wet hike. Be aware that you are pretty much in a rainforest going into a cave. So the wet drippy feeling is unavoidable. Your shoes will get wet. The Tube itself is not all that exciting, but the beautiful foliage on the walk down and back up was worth the work out. FYI if you are not in great shape, there is a small parking area at the Tube trail. But the map and signs tell you to park about a mile back. The walk is nice and pretty, but for an overweight middle aged flip flop wearing person, it got to be too much.
Also remember to check the weather for the park and dress in layers. I was freezing looking at the caldera and soaked to the bone before we even saw the lava tube.
Written September 29, 2021
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StacyInDC2012
Alexandria, VA898 contributions
So Cool!
Sep 2021
This is a short, 1/2 mile loop and generally pretty easy. It's a bit of a steep descent and climb back up, not not too hard. It's damp in the tube so shoes with a good grip are recommended.

It was truly fascinating to see and a must if you are in the park!
Written September 13, 2021
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IndySig
Indianapolis, IN3,689 contributions
See the tube
Sep 2021 • Solo
Visited here 22 years ago and this is still an interesting site. Be sure to include this with your walk across the crater. That makes it an amazing 4 mile round trip. Well worth the three hours to hike.
Written September 9, 2021
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dctraveldad1991
Washington DC, DC127 contributions
Very cool hike in a "one of a kind" tunnel
Jul 2021
The tunnel is a short walk through a rain forest and down a few stairs in to the lava tube. There is low level lighting giving it a subterranean feel. Unfortunately the Park Service was doing construction at one end of the tube so it was an "out and back" trip. The experience will be much better when the repair work is done and you can walk the entire length of the tube.
Written September 2, 2021
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Work2travel
Orange, CA432 contributions
Tubular
Jul 2021
First, before pulling into the first lot drive to see if there is openings in the main lot.
If you want a nice 1 mile hike than park in the overflow lot.

We did the hike which was cool with lookouts along the way. Got to the tube and it was cool. Worth the time to stop.
Written July 25, 2021
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Texas_Traveler71
Paris, TX1,156 contributions
Don't Miss This Short, Easy Hike When In Volcanoes National Park
Jun 2021
The Thurston Lava Tube is a fun, short hike (really a walk) which should not be missed if you are in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Our teens loved it and its entrance is a superb photo op. Overall, it's a cool experience that is an easy add on to a day in the park.
Written July 17, 2021
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Kirsten B
Snoqualmie, Washington, United States97 contributions
Favorite part of the park
Jun 2021
We didn't know what to expect. This was so fun, and a cool respite on a warm, muggy day. Short trek and right across the street from the Kilauea Iki Trail.
Written June 29, 2021
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Muadib84
Waikoloa, HI514 contributions
Lava tube !
Jun 2021 • Couples
A really unique experience.. walking through a large, dimly lit lava tube... And imagine the lava rushing through it 800 years ago.
Beautiful rain forest walk around it.
Written June 3, 2021
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JRM10009
New York City, NY81 contributions
OK, but would not wait in a line
May 2021
Very disappointing. Looked like a tunnel between an office building and a parking lot. Very short and dimly lit passage.
Written May 29, 2021
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY653 contributions
Not a real lava tube
Apr 2021
Total let down for what a lava tube should be. They are not clean like this - the ceiling fractures and falls down onto the floor as it cools. All of this was clearly removed to make it easy to see - if you want a real lava tube, go to Kula Kai Caves.
Written May 5, 2021
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