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Kaumana Caves Park

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Address: Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI

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Great caves, but beware of car burglars.

I always take my visitors here, its an easy and cool site, but be sure to take everything out of your car. There are local guys who stake out the parking area across the street... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 January 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I always take my visitors here, its an easy and cool site, but be sure to take everything out of your car. There are local guys who stake out the parking area across the street and break into cars when people are inside the caves. We have seen guys loitering twice, just watching visitors. Do everyone else a favor and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I visited this cave while visiting Hilo. It is conveniently located near the Rainbow Falls minutes from Hilo. It is also free and not too many tourists and is great for cave beginners like me. Make sure you wear shoes with good traction so you won't slip and fall. A flashlight is required if you want to go in deeper... More 

1 Thank peter t
Shelbyville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Out tour director was very informative and we had great weather, would do it again, its not a big lava tube but then it was my first one.

1 Thank Rhondajoj
Hilo, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Worth a stop if you're in the area, but the lava tubes at the Volcano National Park is much better. Don't make a special trip just for this.

1 Thank Terri S
North Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The caves are neat to see, there is no wheelchair accesibility. There is a huge staircase to walk down to two different caves, its neat to go inside. You need very bright lights (like huge flashlights or spotlights) if you want to venture in father. We didn't and it was kind of creepy getting futher into the cave. There are... More 

1 Thank DaniP245
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

We didn't get to venture too far into this lava tube as we didn't have adequate lighting to make our way, but hopefully next time we visit we'll be ready. This is an easily accessible and free park to check out. The parking is across the street from the lava tube entrance and you have to go down a steep... More 

1 Thank Ana P
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

The road crosses the lava tube so you can go left or right. Wear shoes or boots with good traction, jeans, long sleeves, hat and gloves. You do not want to scratch yourself in lava rock. Bring a lantern, if possible the kind you put in your head because the tube is not lit. I have used my phone to... More 

2 Thank juli3t
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Free attraction where you can spend 10 minutes stretching your legs after crossing the Island from the Kona airport to Hilo on the way to the volcano. Its not worth a special trip to see it though.

1 Thank lmcq11
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This was a really cool experience. Our B&B host advised us to go here and to take the cave on the left at the bottom of the stairs for the best experience. He also provided us with two flashlights and this was essential. A phone light wouldn't have allowed us to see the tube properly. Go left at the bottom... More 

1 Thank TravellingKaren2014
Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Parking across the street. Follow the bright yellow railings. Bring STRONG flashlights - this is a do it yourself site with no guides or anything. A bit slippery underfoot, but spectacular and unusual lava flows make it worth the scramble. Steep staircase and climb down to cave entrances.

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