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Not Many People Know About This Incredible Cave Hiding In Hawaii

Near the end of the two-mile Mahaulepu Heritage Trail that begins at Shipwreck’s Beach on Kauai’s southern shore is a short path through the trees that leads to an often overlooked opening in the rocks.

Many tourists turn around at this point, but if you’ve done your research, you will get down on your knees and crawl through the crevice. Here, you will find yourself inside a cramped chamber that gives way to a jaw-dropping, lush natural amphitheater of sorts. This is the gorgeous Makauwahi Cave, an expansive cave and sinkhole often considered to be one of the Pacific’s richest fossil sites.

Not only is the site a wonderful place to visit, but to participate in volunteering tourism, in which island visitors can work alongside reserve staff and local volunteers to discover and protect Hawaii’s archaeological history.

How cool is this beautiful cave system and sinkhole? Tell us, what other unique spots in Hawaii would you like to see featured on our website? Sound off on our Only In Hawaii Facebook page.

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii from the mainland two years ago, she has become obsessed with hiking, beach trips, and Kona coffee.