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After a 25 minute walk through the wet 'Ohi'a Forest the Thurston Lava Tube awaits you. This lava tube is a natural tunnel about 10 feet high that formed when the cooling top and sides of a lava flow hardened and the lava inside drained away. This lava tube was discovered in 1913 by Lorrin Thurston, a local newspaper publisher. At that time the roof of the tube was covered with lava stalactites, but those soon disappeared to souvenir collectors.
As you walk through the tube consider that several hundred years ago a river of red lava rushed through.
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