Kaumana Caves Park

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Kaumana Caves Park
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EnjoyerOfTravels
California12 contributions
Drove in from Kona to Kaumana Caves and it was very easy to find. Parking is on the opposite side of the street from the caves. The amount of parking is limited (probably around 12-15 cars).

We visited the caves with kids ranging from 7-14 and they all had a blast. There were a few areas as you travel deeper into the cave where smaller kids will need help up ledges, but in general, the cave was very traversable. The floor was wet though so you will want to trek carefully. I used hiking shoes, but some members of our party had normal running shoes. The one thing that is a must though is to make sure you have a good flashlight or headlamp. The cave was very dark once you travel a bit beyond the mouth of the cave.

Note though that there is a point where you will need to squat down to crawl through an opening to continue traveling into the cave.

Lastly, there are restrooms onsite and were very clean.
Written August 13, 2022
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David F
12 contributions
Entered the cave to the right after going down stairs. A cool option to get inside a lava tube at no charge. safe for kids, adults beware of your head, LOL. This is a must do especially with Thurston Lava Tube closed.
Written August 13, 2022
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Dawn D
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Family
Make sure to wear good shoes and bring a headlamp. If we were to go again we would plan to go deeper.
We went in both lava tubes but enjoyed the left tube more!
Also when you get out of vicinity of people shut your lights off and just stand in the darkness!
Written August 12, 2022
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Gene W
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Family
We bought some $10 flashlights from Walmart in Hilo and they made all the difference. My kids (5 and 7 years old) loved hiking through both sides of the caves. On both sides, if you get past the first little squeeze, the caves open up and the walking gets easier. I'm 6 foot 4 and only had to duck in a few spots.
Written August 9, 2022
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Peter
Burlingame, CA2 contributions
Couples
Really awesome caves! We walked in for 15 minutes (with just flashlights) and the cave was still continuing. You can see the shape of the lava when it cooled. I've been in a few self exploration caves and this was my favorite!
Written August 5, 2022
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queenieduong
San Jose, CA407 contributions
Limited parking, but seems to move fast. There are two caves to explore one to right and left after STEEP stairs down. Bring flashlight as phone did not provide enough. Restrooms are decent as well.
Written August 1, 2022
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Ma Rosel B
Tucson, AZ6 contributions
Family
Fun with the whole family and friends, be prepared to have 2 sources of light and good shoes. The cave to the left is a long walk with some climbing on boulders that have dropped from the cave ceiling. The hardened lava is like glass if you tripped and fell on it. So enter at your own risk. Otherwise it is a whole lot of fun and adventure.
Written July 23, 2022
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ebieder
4 contributions
You used to be able to hike way into the cave so far that you could feel the temperature drop and see some really amazing aspects of a lava tube. Seems like there have been some cave ins that have shortened the experience.
Written July 18, 2022
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Kat J
19 contributions
This park is free access; and my teenage granddaughter was thrilled with being in the cave, which requires more light than a cel phone provides. There was a steep set of stairs down to the path, and the path itself is very rocky; so I chose to stop at the bottom of the stairs and not risk a twisted ankle. I was also told that there are places low enough that visitors are almost at a crawl.
Written June 18, 2022
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Mike F
Antigo, WI102 contributions
Wow! This is not exactly what I was expecting and was very pleasantly surprised!! Way bigger and more impressive than I was anticipating. Took our 5 and 3yo and they did great, loved it! We grabbed a couple cheap flashlights from Target before heading over and it was a good move. You could do the left side cave with a phone light which is what me and my wife used. We are looking forward to exploring the right side next time. Yes the trail on the opposite side takes you back to the parking area, tiny trail and makes you doubt yourself but it does lead you back.
Written June 12, 2022
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