- Easy access to this tube across the street from the Ha'ena Beach Park
- Bring a flashlight to see the intricate details of the ceiling of walls of the cavd
The caves were really neat to see. You'll reach the Maniniholo Dry cave first. It is surrounded by a grotto of ferns and is right across from Haena State Beach. The Waiakanaloa Wet Cave is down the road a bit further and has a small pond in it. I was kind of expecting them to be deeper or to go on for a bit, but they don't. They are still really neat to see, but I wouldn't plan on spending a whole bunch of time here. Their might be some local vendors selling stuff though. That's always fun to see. :)
Almost at the end of the road, Haena is a must-stop—it features an amazing variety of naturally formed lava caves. You can explore the Maniniholo Dry Cave and two wet caves, Waikapalae and Waikanaloa. The ocean here is good for swimming and snorkeling, but only during the calm summer months.
Look toward the mountain for the large Maniniholo Dry Cave. You can walk right inside and explore the mysterious hidden spaces. If you’re really daring, you can continue exploring through the whole structure, which ends at a small opening at the top of a cliff. Beware, however—the high roof at the cave’s entrance lowers considerably as you get farther in.
The name Maniniholo comes from one of the head fishermen of the menehune. According to legend, the menehune were planning to journey to the interior of the island and leave this coastal site. They were catching fish at Haena to sustain them on their journey. They couldn’t carry all the fish at one time, so they left half at what is now Maniniholo Dry Cave.
Upon returning for their catch, they found that an akua, or evil spirit, had stolen their stash. They formed two parties to capture the akua. Half the menehune began digging down from the clifftop and the other half dug from its base. The result is the great cave you see today.
We made the drive out, thinking we were going to check out the beach at the end of road (it is touted as being one of the best on the island). There was no parking what-so-ever, and with a toddler, we were not up for a couple of mile hike to and from the car, so we started heading back up the road and decided to make a stop at the wet caves. We got super lucky with parking and jumped out, and walked into the amazing cave to find signs warning us not to get too close to the water. Apparently it has some really nasty bacteria growing in it (this was in Sept 08, so not sure if they are still there or not). We took a quick look around and headed out. I wouldn't really go out of your way to see these ones. We didn't get a chance to do the dry cave.