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  Kaumana Cave
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  • Kaumana Cave - Hilo
      Kaumana Cave
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  • Chris at Kaumana Cave Entrance - Hilo
      Chris at Kaumana Cave Entrance
    by KiKitC

The Mauna Loa lava flow of 1881 flowed towards Hilo in this lava tube. It is said that Princess Ruth slept the night in front of the lava flow and asked Pele to spare Hilo, and upon wakening found the lava had stopped. The lava tube that was left is about 25 miles long, and about the 4 mile marker on Kaumana Drive (just off Waianuenue Avenue) there is a small opening, where a hole in the lava tube, exposed to the rainforest Hilo weather, created a micro rainforest opening. Signs at the entrance warn that the cave extnds miles and does lead into private properties. We descended the stairs, and at the bottom are openings to two different caves. The one on the right is a larger opening, and was easier (and safer) for me to walk into shortly. Gordie ventured in just a liitle further, but after the accident, we had shipped all our hiking stuff and flashlights home. I would have loved to explore. The cave on the left has a low overhang, but caverns out on the other side.

Bring your flashlights, waterproof hiking boots and have fun!

Directions: Take Waianuenue Avenue from Hilo to Kaumana Drive. About the 4 mile marker, the cave entrance is just a little spot. We parked across the street and walked over. Don't blink near the mile marker, it's on a corner, you may miss it.

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  • Written Dec 28, 2005
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