04 December, 2008

Bloglet: Kaumana Cave

I am not a big fan of dark places. I am not a big fan of tight confined places. I am not a big fan of difficult footing.

So it is with great pride that I say that I braved treks into both halves of Kaumana Cave near Hilo. The cave was made by a lava flow that almost hit Hilo in 1881. It is about two miles long. Parts of it are crawling height. Other parts have twenty foot ceilings. Truth be told, we only went a couple of hundred meters in each direction. But it was amazing. The lava flow patterns and drip marks and spatter and stalactites. Awesome. And all you can hear is water dripping. And all you can see alive in there are roots from surface trees that poked through.

The air is humid and dead. Very little echo. And with no flashlight? Blackness like you cannot imagine. I would like to have gone farther in, but I was getting a tiny bit spooked. Denise would have gone two miles. She is fearless.

At the entry there are carvings of autographs. Japanese names. American names. Dating to 1906, 1915, 1926, 1931. Preserved perfectly in this protected shelter of the cave.

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