Thurston Lava Tube (Ben Sumner)

The Thurston Lava Tube is one of the main attractions in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and it dates back to between 350 and 500 years old. The tube is named for Lorrin Thurston, a newspaper publisher who discovered it in 1913 and played a role in creating the park. You'll find the tube just off of Crater Rim Drive.

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Away Travel Editor: Ben Sumner
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  • If you choose to enter from the unlit part of the tube, be prepared with a flashlight. For those who don't have one, you can also enter through a lighted way.
  • You'll know you're at the end of the lava tube when the ceiling and ground meet. You won't need to crawl in here and it is a relatively easy walk.
  • If you feel that you're lost or just scared of the dark, yelling won't help much. The noise bounces off the walls.

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