Thurston Lava Tube
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Lava tubes are a naturally occurring phenomena, where the push of molten rock has hollowed out caves and caverns as it travels to the surface during volcanic activity. The Thurston Lava Tube, Nahuku in Hawaiian, was first documented in 1913 by one Lorrin Thurston. Today's visitors can enjoy a few more comforts in a more developed entry, complete with basic lighting. The tube's earlier stalactites and stalagmites have unfortunately been removed by unscrupulous visitors of decades passed.
Nahuku is found in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and remains among the top spots for viewing a lava tube and as an attraction in its own right. This is in part due to its accessible location, only about 3km (1.5 miles) from the entry or an even shorter walk from the Kilauea Iki overlook. Bring a flashlight if you care to explore the 300m+ (1,000 ft+) of cavern beyond the lighting.
Regular tours exist which will help make the most of a trip to the national park, while access via the trail from the Crater Rim Drive park entry.
Cruise itineraries featuring Hilo or Kona as a call to port may enjoy scheduled or private tours to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Thurston Lava Tube.
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