Saturday, March 31, 2012

Manini-holo Dry Cave

One of the places that Ashley and I visited on our trip to Kauai was the Manini-holo Dry Cave which is on the north side of Kauai. This not necessarily a true hike, but is more of a fun adventure to one of the sea caves on the north side of Kauai.  For additional pictures make sure to check out our Facebook Page.

Directions to Trailhead: Take Highway 560 west from Ha'ena. The Dry Cave is located on the left side of the road, just before Mile Marker #9, across the street from the Ha'ena Beach Park. There is no cost for parking.

Description of Hike: This is a short hike, 0.2 miles roundtrip, with minimal elevation gain.  From the parking area you head across highway 560 and into the cave.  Inside the cave it gets dark and the ground is uneven in sections, so watch your step. This is a short fun hike that the whole family can do together and is a great option for those looking for a short easy adventure while on their vacation.

Further Thoughts: Ashley and I enjoyed this short excursion on the north side of Kauai.  The Manini-holo Dry Cave is a great spot to visit on any trip to Kauai. The dry cave is one of several sea caves located in the area. The cave, which is approximately 300 yards deep, used to be much larger but a tsunami in 1957 partially filled the cave with sand. Legend states that Manini-holo, the chief fisherman of the Menehune, dug this cave in search of the supernatural beast, akua, who had been stealing their fish. In actuality, the ocean used to be much higher and these caves were formed from thousands of years of ocean waves beating against the lava and etching away the rock. 

One of the really neat things about the cave is that while you are inside the cave you can hear water dripping from the ceiling of the cave to the floor of the cave.  Do not be surprised if you come out a little wet.  The cave has a cool feel to it and you will likely see many visitors when you visit the cave.

Rating:  Elevation Gain: Less than 50 ft. (Very Easy), Distance: 0.2 Miles Roundtrip (Very Easy).

Time to Complete Hike: 15 minutes


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