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Kaumana Caves Park

Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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“lava tube” (67 reviews)
“sturdy shoes” (12 reviews)
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Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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"bring a flashlight"
in 17 reviews
"lava tube"
in 67 reviews
"sturdy shoes"
in 12 reviews
"head lamp"
in 8 reviews
"flash light"
in 6 reviews
"steep steps"
in 7 reviews
"knee pads"
in 4 reviews
"cave experience"
in 3 reviews
"hands and knees"
in 3 reviews
"proper footwear"
in 4 reviews
"water dripping"
in 3 reviews
"low ceilings"
in 3 reviews
"sharp lava"
in 4 reviews
"extra batteries"
in 3 reviews
"long pants"
in 9 reviews
"total darkness"
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"at your own risk"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wear good shoes and make sure you have a strong flashlight. Then, let the adventure begin. It is a fun place to explore a cave.

Thank 12-14-2015ta-j
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for something to do with our 17-year-old son and were intrigued by the listing for these lava tubes in our guide book. It began raining as we arrived, so we grabbed our headlamps and flashlights, ran across the road from the small...More

1  Thank Don B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day we visited the cave, it was raining. We had to take extra caution as we walked down the rugged steep path leading to the cave. Once inside the cave, the only source of light was the natural day light from the entrance. There...More

2  Thank jho137
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great...if you are prepared! Wear sturdy hiking boots or tennis shoes- no sandals or flip flops! You’ve got to have a headlamp or at least a real flashlight to go. Your phone won’t cut it! I’d recommend going to the left once...More

3  Thank Rebekah C
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

If you are looking for a little cave you can walk through with even ground, lighting throughout, and rangers nearby, don't go here. But, if you're not scared of the dark, crawling over boulders, being away from crowds of tourists, this is the place to...More

1  Thank mrsvleek
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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

No frills, slippery when wet but a great activity for older kids. As others have noted, flashlights stronger than iPhone are a must. Don’t need to walk in far to get a good glimpse of the lava tube

1  Thank skatermom59
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Not wired for illumination, dripping roots in the caves when it rains. Excellent example of lava tube formation. Although lava tubes are common on the big island, this one is conveniently located in a little park just a few miles up the road from Hilo...More

Thank Cleo L
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Make sure you have good shoes to do this adventurous outing, the stairs down are unsteady , the path has rocks that is narrow but once you enter the two caves , the sight is rewarding however bringing a light would help. There is parking...More

2  Thank Lakecomo15
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Go here to check out as much lava tube as you can handle - miles of it. These tubes are free to explore as you like and are in good condition with much less vandalism than one would see on the mainland. Bring flashlights, wear...More

2  Thank canea
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

The caves are amazing with lots of different formations. I would recommend walking shoes and a headlamp but we made it through with our phone lights. It is not lighted and pretty uneven so not great for young children or older people. A really neat...More

2  Thank Alisha H
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Debbie T
4 November 2017|
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Response from George W | Reviewed this property |
I do not think there are any busses that run there specifically. You might be able to find a city bus that passes close by or like others have said uber/lyft.
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Janet B
29 June 2017|
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Response from Josh W | Reviewed this property |
I personally only spent a half hour as well.
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Vanstays
31 January 2016|
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Response from WaOz1 | Reviewed this property |
No Sulfur smell. Very humid. My husband has asthma and he did great in the tubes. He did admit that the further back he went, he really could feel the "thick" air, but he had no adverse effects.
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