Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

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Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
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triplover42
Glendale, CA42 contributions
Dec 2021
This is a cool, short hike. Our group of diverse ages and walking ability all enjoyed it. There's a one-way path you take down, go through the tube (lots of drips, a few puddles), then come out and go back up. The lush rainforest on the way down and up is really lovely.

The parking right at the tube site is limited; you're only allowed to park for 30 min. (just enough time) According to our NP app, the time we visited was "as busy as it gets" and we were able to slide into a parking spot without difficulty.

The other option is to park at the overlook nearby and hike there.
Written 23 December 2021
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Alison K
Lodi, NJ752 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Fun little loop along the crater rim road. You walk downhill into the tube, short walk through it, then back up and around through the forest. There are some signs to educate you on plant life. Bathroom stop on the way back to parking lot. Parking is pretty limited but we had no issues since most people were going to the volcano lookout. Watch out for people crossing here. No need to spend more than 30 minutes at this stop.
Written 3 December 2021
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Heather C
9 contributions
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 29 September 2021
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StacyInDC2012
Alexandria, VA898 contributions
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 13 September 2021
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IndySig
Indianapolis, IN3,703 contributions
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 9 September 2021
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dctraveldad1991
Washington DC, DC127 contributions
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 2 September 2021
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Work2travel
Orange, CA432 contributions
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 25 July 2021
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Texas_Traveler71
Paris, TX1,156 contributions
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 17 July 2021
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Kirsten B
Snoqualmie, Washington, United States97 contributions
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 29 June 2021
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Muadib84
Waikoloa, HI515 contributions
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 3 June 2021
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