Explore the most popular no dogs trails near Hilo with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

5/28/2018-Not raining today but it was overcast for most of the day. Lots of people around but still a nice tranquil walk through the park!

5/26/2018-It was raining on and off today but it was nice being able to see it!

hiking
1 month ago

Emesine cave

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Beautiful park to explore and just kick back. Beautifully maintained. Coconut island has nice views of Hilo town and the bay

hiking
3 months ago

Fun cave. There are low spots in the right cave and we got a little tuned around. It splits a little ways in, if you go to the left there is a blue painted stop (So we stopped). If you go to the right, well that's where we got turned around, and we think we ended up on the entrance trail, not sure, but ended up at the split again. There are big orange arrows to show you the way out from there! We took our 2 year old and 5 year old. Both loved it!

Defiantly bring closed your shoes and lights if you are going deep in the cave.

hiking
4 months ago

This was amazing.. if you go deep and explore the caves you get the full experience. Bring a headlamp and hiking boots..you will get wet

Awesome cave
Go down on the left cave. Under the. Platform, you can go on for. Several mete (almost 1 km)
Make sure ti bring a flash light

6 months ago

This is an incredible cave. As mentioned below, there is access to the left and right of the entrance.

To the left it is about a 15 minute walk to the openings at the end. No real views on top that I could see, just jungle, but it's still pretty cool. At the beginning the cave appears to end, but keep going through the 4-5 ft opening and it really opens up. Four of us went the entire way with our cell phone lights no problem. Good flashlights would have been nice though. You definitely want closed+toed shoes.

To the right, is much like the left side but from what I've read goes on for nearly two miles of accessible cave.

backpacking
6 months ago

Just follow the rock carns and everything will be a-ok. it's actually a 12.6 mile round trip trail 6.3 in and 6.4 back - the turn around point is in po-oh trailhead and is marked wo th a large 15x15 meter clearing. I walked the powerlines back and used Google Maps because was sick of hopping from boulder to boulder.

A rocky trail. Didn’t get far because it is also a place where there is hunting and we saw some people shooting. Clearly a good idea to bring some neon gear.

6 months ago

Definitely bring a light rain jacket because it gets foggy and wet in the mist. But a lovely peaceful trail. Not too difficult. Marked w blue strips on the trees and rock piles.

So fun! Make sure to bring headlamps/flashlights and wear sturdy shoes. The cave on the right is long and meandering. The cave on the left is short and has 2 skylights; at the second one you can climb up to the surface, but you must return back thru the cave to the exit. At times, the floor can be rough/uneven, you will have to scramble over boulders, and you may have to squat low (no need to get on your hands and knees though). There is also some dripping water and puddles. Sad to see the walls have lots of graffiti on them (mostly the cave on the right). It is like the “high adventure” version of Thurston Lava Tube. It is definitely underrated, but that is great because it keeps the crowds away.

hiking
7 months ago

First half has plenty of beautiful eye candy. The second half is pretty boring, but it's a great hike for getting those steps!

The west side of the loop is much more interesting than the east side (the power line road). The west side has several kīpukas and lots of relatively smooth pāhoehoe for an enjoyable hike. About 1.3 miles from the Pu'u O'o trailhead, there's a roughly quarter-mile stretch of ʻaʻā, but that's all. About 4.75 miles from the trailhead, the west side of the loop intersects with the power line road. The power line road takes you back to Saddle Road over 3.5 miles of loose rock. It was cloudy when I hiked it, so I can't speak to any views from the power line road. Regarding the west side of the loop, however, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get back to the trailhead before dusk sets in. The cairns marking the trail can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from the rest of the lava field if the light is low.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The trail was very rocky so not the most comfortable hike for anyone with knee or ankle problems. I did get great pictures in front of Mauna Kea on this hike so I would say I wasn't too disappointed. The distance to the Lava Tube was comfortable and easy (no inclines).

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Kaumana Caves are so underated to visit and is perfect if the weather isn't the best outside. You can go as far as you like, I ended up hiking down about an hour and then back up. There are no trails in the caves so you are walking around a lot of black and sharp lava rock so wear appropriate foot wear.

A wonderful walk on our first day in Hawaii. Level, easy paved walkway with beautiful scenery and breezes.

The Japanese gardens are nicely maintained and neat to explore.

Visiting coconut island is always fun, great spot for a low key dip in the water or sit on the shady grass.

There are some cool giant banyan trees that are fun to swing from the vines.

Good low key fun day with family.

walking
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fascinating little stop to make on the way. From what I can recall I believe theres only 2 small caves. Doesn't take too long to check both of them out.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Great for kids

hiking
Monday, February 22, 2016

Fascinating hike over a lava trail with a couple of short sections through forests. However, I would not call it easy since there are several steep slopes with loose gravel and one needs good boots and decent balance in other sections. The trail is of interest to bird watchers and those curious about volcano ecology. For a shorter hike just go in two miles or so and there is good variety. Great views of the observatories on Mauna Kea.

hiking
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Bring a strong flash light ! Good hiking shoes. It is awesome and the cave carvings of people's names and dates like 1907.! So cool! Well worth it. Cool damp and dripping . Loved it

Friday, April 10, 2015

Great little hike right near town. Wear real shoes (or Chaco-like sandles). Take a headlamp for sure.

hiking
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Awesome!!! I could end the review right there and it would be enough, but I'll continue with some tips.

The Good:
- This is not your guided tour walk through a well-lit cave full of dripping stalactites and stalagmites. No this is for the adventurous who like to explore on their own.
- Restrooms are available along with a small picnic area.
- Stairs help you get into the caves.
- Parking is across the road and is plenty for the number of people who show up at one time.
- Scenic drive on your way to the caves.
- Nice and cool inside.
- Water fountain.

The Not So Good:
- I stretching here, but there are a lot of ants around the water fountain.

Here are some Tips:
- There are two tunnels when you go down the stairs. The one to the left is a little more kid-friendly. It is walkable the whole way through. There is an underground stream on the pathway, but you should be able to find places to step without getting your feet too wet. Near the end of this tunnel, there are two places you can actually come out of the tunnel and get some fresh air. My kids loved finding the source of the underground stream. I took all my kids into the left tunnel, from the 2-year old to the 11 year old. All of them made it just fine.
- RIGHT TUNNEL: I only took my 7, 9, and 11 year old kids in this one. This one is a longer tunnel and in some places larger, some places smaller than the left tunnel. We had to crawl in some parts in order to continue. There was an underground stream in this one as well; you could hear it long before you saw it. Sometimes all we could do was hear it under our feet! You have to climb a little in this tunnel as well. So think about the ability of the people in your party before you go to the right. I think it is only moderately difficult for kids, and for an experience hiker/climber, you should have no problem.

Bottom Line:
Awesome!!! I'll only add, BRING YOUR OWN GOOD FLASHLIGHT. iPhones are great, but they are horrible when you are trying to explore. You want something more powerful, and you want your hands free. I wore a headlamp, packed it in the suitcase when I planned for this trip. Definitely worth it!

Yelp!: http://www.yelp.com/biz/kaumana-caves-hilo

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