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“Be very careful, not for beginners or casual hikers” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kaumana Caves Park

Kaumana Caves Park
Ranked #17 of 79 things to do in Hilo
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Hawaii Kai, Hawaii
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Be very careful, not for beginners or casual hikers”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

If you take the left cave, it is .25 miles to an opening that leads you above ground. The trail back to the parking lot is poorly marked. You have to bushwack. Keep in mind the first 60 feet of this trail there is a 6 foot hole that if you dont know where you are walking you will fall back in the cave. it is poorly marked as it is covered by alot of bushes. This happened to someone in our group. He luckily was able to make it back to the parking lot. Be very careful. If you go to the right cave it is 2-3 miles long and used to open up into private land.

Visited January 2013
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St. Malo, France
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Very rustic, but awesome cave”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

Next to the fairly busy Kaumana Drive, you can climb down the stairs to a dripping wet hole, then enter the pitch-black lava cave, first with lots of ivy and other plants handing down, then the deadly silence of that dark tunnel. Make sure you have a good flashlight, otherwise, you could get badly hurt falling on the razor sharp lava cinder blocks.

Visited December 2012
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Papillion, Nebraska, United States
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Better than Lava Tube in VNP”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

We liked this much better than the Thurston Lava Tube in the Volcanoes National Park as it was way more interesting. We only stopped for a brief visit (10-15 minutes) but it was definitely worth seeing and isn't far from Rainbow Falls. You will need a flashlight to venture in past the opening area. The staircase entrance is right by the side of the road and parking is available.

Visited October 2012
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3 Thank Kim F
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Loved it! Nice way to explore!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Normally, I'm a pretty claustrophobic, but while in Hawaii I wanted to try and do everything I could, as it is somewhere I have only dreamed of going to in the past. The caves are easy to find, ample parking on the opposite side of the road (be careful crossing) and you come to a nice entrance with WC's and nice plant life. Descend the steep stairs and you are stood in a foyer of lush vegetation completely covering the floor, except for the footpath. We entered the cave on the right first, which is a rough 30metre walk to the end, before crawling through a really tight area which the opens up. We then approached 3 people coming back from exploring this cave, and they advised us to be careful where you go as there is multiple passages so don't get lost. Being claustrophobic I wantin there much longer.

We then entered the left cave, which I much preferred. Immediately on entering I saw a small opening in the floor which I crawled down just for a photo, it's nothing much but I was gaining in confidence to try things. Walking further down, there is another tight area at the back, which may be a little harder then the first cve but is worth it.once navigated, you are dwarfed in a huge passage way that leads a long way through! There is one part that in angled so you are walking up/downhill for a small part of it but it is huge and not claustrophobic, felt much more comfortable.

We spend a good 90 minutes here and loved every minute, the people we met were very friendly, from the outside the entrance looks really nice, and there really is a cave for everybody to like, just wear correct gear and be very careful, there are very sharp rocks throughout the caves, and there is a sign disclaiming you enter the caves at your own risk

Visited August 2012
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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Small caves off the beaten path”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

Crazy! It's totally off the beaten path - you likely will be the only person here. It's got this crazy disclaimer before you enter (yes, you admit you're insane to go in), but it's quite pretty when you climb down. Definitely bring a strong flashlight!

Visited November 2011
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