Ole's Puka Kanohina Caves Selection Criteria
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Kipuka Kanohina

kanohinaThe Kipuka Kanohina Cave System is situated on the west coast of the island of Hawai'i, in the desert of Ka'u. It is located near the community of Ocean View, about 45 miles south of Kailua-Kona and about 30 miles north of South Point (the southern most point in the US). So far, over 18 miles of continuous cave passage has been explored within the system, with over 20 miles in the entire system. It has a vertical extent of 682 feet. The cave is currently listed as the second longest lava tube in the world, one of only three to pass 15 miles in length. It is highly braided and mazy, with multiple levels and confusing passages. The cave contains several Hawaiian artifacts and evidence of ancient habitation. It also contains soda straw stalactites, numerous large lava balls, many significant gypsum deposits, an unstudied biological population, and paleontological specimens.

If you would like to visit the preserve, you will need to sign a copy of our waiver and also contact us

Management Plan

The CCH maintains the Kipuka Kanohina Management Plan in two forms, Mircosoft Word 2000 format (590K), or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format (3.2M). The PDF file requires Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you may download a free copy of the program from the Adobe web site. Click on the Adobe icon to download Acrobat. Note: both links will open a new window.

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Donations above $10,000
Martin Haye
Donations of $5000 - $9999
Fred Stone
National Speleological Society
Dick Blenz
Donations of $1000 - $4999
Thom Engel
Pangolin Pictures
Donations of $250 - $999
Don Coons
Peter and Ann Bosted
Joyce Hoffmaster
Hawaii Forest and Trail
Mike Warner
John Pearson
He Kula Na Mea Hawaii
Amy Cox
Barb Capocy
Ric Elhard
Bob Richards
Bernie Szukalski
George Veni
John (Jack) Vose
Ron Terry
Dale Pate and Paula Bauer
Donations of $100 - $249
Cindy Heazlit
Mark and Rene Ohms
Bruce Dunlavy
Nevin and Judy Davis
Kula Kai Caverns
Pat Kambesis
Dr. Stanley Sides
Dr. William R. Halliday
Rachel Myron and Steve Lewis
Kevin Downey
Julie Schenk
Ken Kloppenborg
Paul Wendt
Rose Herrera
Arrita Peri Frantz
Donations up to $99
Mindie Kaplan
Merrilee Proffitt
Pete Lindsley
Steven Smith
Ashley Chan
Andy Grubbs
Louise Hose
Cave Research Foundation
Kirk MacGregor