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Ka'umana Caves

This lava-tube cave is on the Hilo side of the Big Island of Hawai'i. It was formed in the Mauna Loa pahoehoe lava flow of 1880-1881.

We recommend you bring shoes and a flashlight.

Notes


Thank you to "Kaulanasc" for identifying this filming location!

We recommend you bring shoes and a flashlight.

This lava tube cave was formed in the Mauna Loa pahoehoe lava flow of 1880-1881. It is home to the rare and possibly endangered cave cricket, Caconemobius varius.

In common usage, the caves are usually spelled without the okina as "Kaumana Caves", although "Ka'umana" is the correct Hawaiian form.

Links:

Hawaii Tribune-Herald - (Aug 30, 2006). Indicates that the caves were closed for filming on August 30 and 31, 2006.
USGS - 1880-1881 eruption
USGS - Lava flows of Hilo
NASA - Microbiology in the cave

Address:
Kaumana Caves Park
(Hilo, Big Island of Hawai'i)

Phone:
Hawai'i County Dep't Parks and Recreation: (808) 961-8311

Hours:
This cave is open to the public. Admission is free, and there is also parking, restrooms, and picnic tables.

Directions:
From downtown Hilo, turn left on Waianuenue Avenue.
Just past Mile Marker #1 bear left onto Kaumana Drive
(a.k.a. Saddle Road). Kaumana Cave is located on the
right just past Mile Marker #4.


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