Kaumana Caves County Park Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A pretty roadside rest along the Saddle Road offers you a chance to briefly descend into a lava tube whose ends then proceed whoknows- how-far into the cool darkness. It’s such a contrast to the warmth of Hilo. Be sure to bring a flashlight if you wish to peer farther into the caves than their openings. A few yards across some old pahoehoe, you’ll find a steep staircase leading 50 feet down a philodendron-draped maw into a pit from which spring full-grown trees.
The ceiling of a lava tube fell in here—obviously many years ago. At the bottom, dark caverns—the lava tube—lead off to right and left; the one to your left drips with groundwater. Above, it may have been hot and steamy; down here in this collapsed lava tube, it’s cool, damp, and ferny. You can make short forays into the horizontal tube from here, but there are no lights and no trails. My backpacker’s flashlight was barely enough to illuminate a few feet into each of them."