Explore Landmark CavesKaua‘i

There are three LANDMARK CAVES along the coastal drive to KE‘E BEACH that are worth a stop.

One of these caves, which cuts several hundred yards into the base of a vertical cliff across from the beach in HA‘ENA STATE PARK, is rich in legend and easy to explore. The MANINIHOLO DRY CAVE is named for a fisherman who directed his crew to capture an evil spirit that made away with some of their catch. When they were done digging out the hillside, the cave, which still exists, appeared and the thief was dead—or so they say.

The other two, named the HA‘ENA CAVES, are wet caves where the water is cold and deep. They are located about 15 minutes from HANALEI on the way to Ke‘e Beach at the end of the road. A stop here makes for rather interesting photography opportunities. Here’s a tip: Make good use of your flash.