Beneath the Surface
Photo and caption by Lisa Meylor
The Kaumana Caves is actually a 25-mile long lava tube formed during the 1881 eruption of Mauna Loa. It is located about 5 miles north of Hilo on Saddle Road. We came upon this cave while making our first trip to the wet Hilo side of the island from the dry Kona side. We climbed down a steep stairway through lush tropical rain forest to enter the cave, but couldn't go too far since we didn’t come prepared with flashlights! Where the light ends inside the cave, so does the lush forest growth. This shot is looking out towards the beautiful filtered light coming through the forest canopy.
Location: Kaumana Caves near Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai'i