Kaeleku Caverns
Kaeleku Caverns
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Scruffybiker
Glendale, AZ101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
My wife, daughter and I visited the lava tubes on the Road to Hana. After getting directions from the owner, we took our flashlights and went on our self guided tour! Thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
Written 23 July 2019
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briangBaildon
Queensbury, UK420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Easy to miss this. There is a small roadside sign for the lava tube on the outskirts of Hana going back towards Kahului. The entrance is like in someone's back garden. The entrance fee is not much and after instructions you are given your own torch for the 30 minutes walk in the dark to the end of the tube. There are notices along the way giving information and the tube is quite high except for one small bit where you have to bend down to get under the roof. There were a few other people looking round at the same time as ourselves or else it would have felt a bit disquieting. Well worth the effort as the lava tubes in the national park were closed
Written 23 October 2018
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Kenneth M
Merced, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
Yeah, ok, so the eruption was a thousand years ago and the red-hot laval flowed out the end of the tube. Still, it's cool seeing where the river of lava once flowed from the inside of a lava tube.
Written 13 May 2018
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vrodz8
Morrison, CO137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
This is a self-guided lava tube tour below ground in Hana. You are equipped with a flashlight and a "See you when you return!" I will admit I may have watched too many suspense/horror films in my day making me think I might just have been lured in by the nice young man with the soothing voice... haha Although it is a little eerie, it is really a cool experience and there are others down there at the same time. It is not crowded and does not take long to get to the end of the tour and back. Well worth the time and small fee.
Written 7 March 2018
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Lissel A
Brisbane, Australia667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
I found a small reference to this lava tube location *somewhere* and we made a point of stopping in on our way to Hana. It is on private property, with parking and portaloos, and for a modest $12 or so we got some information on the tube system and some powerful torches and access to the safe portion of the tube on this land. We loved it! Going underground down stairs, and under drips, seeing rippled floors, gold shining rock eating bacteria, stalactites and a few lonely stalagmites, hershey kisses ceilings, chocolate lava flows, bowling alley gutters and more. My favourite was the gold bacteria, and the fallen trapezoid shaped rock with matching "hole" in the ceiling. Our host was friendly and knowledgeable, and we were very glad we went.

Top tip: while you could wear casual shoes or flip flops (we saw people in thongs), I would recommend at least wearing sneakers if not boots if you have them handy, as the ground is uneven and wet in parts. And turn off your torches once you've gone well in, the dark is amazing!
Written 31 May 2016
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worldtraveler795
Greeley, colorado180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
We visited with our kids and parents and were amazed at the beauty of this site. You are given flashlights and walk down a set of stairs to the entrance. There is no lighting inside the tube which is amazing. Seeing lava in many different states is interesting. You can also see the area used as a shelter for the island people. What fun to shut off your flashlights and experience true darkness. Signs are scattered throughout the tube and teach you about volcanoes, lava, and Hawaii. We loved it! After the tour we ate lunch at the picnic tables next to the parking lot. The woman at the desk was very friendly and made sure the tables were clean for our meal. After being in the car for a couple of hours this was a welcome break. The only down side is the cost - $12 per person seems high. Later that week we visited Volcano national Park on the big island and walked through the lava tube there. This tube is longer and much more interesting. Don't miss it!
Written 13 April 2014
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Stello12
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013
This place is terrible. Its basically a hole in some guys backyard that he charges too much for while shoving political propaganda down your throat. What a waste of time, gas, and money. These are con artists. Stay away and just enjoy Hana.
Written 23 July 2013
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thall6
127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
The entrance fee is $12, which seems somewhat high. They give you a flashlight and you walk through the tunnel on a self guided tour. The entire visit takes less than an hour. Some of the formations are very beautiful.
Written 4 April 2013
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Marissa87
California55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
I missed this attraction on my first trip to Maui several years ago. I was determined to see it the second time around and am so glad that I did! I encourage everyone to make a quick stop off the Road to Hana to visit the lava tube. Inside, the tube was much more than I had expected - It was a cavernous tunnel the size of a subway that had a life all it's own. There's guiding handrails throughout and informative signs that explain the history, cave life, the geology and how it even used to be used as a nuclear fallout shelter for the island. So awesome!

It's slightly warm and damp inside - I was wearing shorts and a tank top and was fine. I don't recommend traversing this terrain in flimsy sandals, though. The lava tube is adventurous, but safe and family friendly. You are provided with a flashlight upon admission...but don't forget to turn all the lights off for a bit when you are inside - completely dark!

Quick Facts:
Open daily 1030 am - 4 pm. Costs $12 per person, children 5 & under free. Takes 30-45 minutes depending on how quick you move or how long you stop to read informational signs. On Hana Highway (360), turn left on Ulaino Road (just past mile marker 30). Follow this road about half a mile down, you will see signs directing you.
Address:
205 Ulaino Road
Hana, HI 96713
Written 14 March 2013
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Nikki
Brisbane27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Family
I wasn't sure if we should stop here on the way to Hana as we had to wait about an hour for it to open, as it does open rather late for those who have made an early start to Hana. We almost didn't wait it out, but I'm glad we did see it. I really enjoyed it, as did the kids (4 years and 6 years). I hadn't ever seen anything like this and it was a fun experience to walk in the dark cave with the torches and see the formations. As well as the black sand beach this was one of the highlights of our day trip to Hana.

However my suggestion is they should open the caves a bit earlier for those that leave early for the Hana drive, it is a minimum 12 hours doing the trip to Hana and back in one day, as there is so much to see, so you can't really afford to wait around for attractions to open.
Written 26 December 2012
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