What to do with the lava tube? State mulls long term solutions for popular spot off highway

  • Visitors stop to view the Huehue lava tube on Queen Kaahumanu Highway north of Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole in summer 2018. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file)

  • Visitors cross Queen Kaahumanu Highway to view the Huehue lava tube north of Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole in summer 2018. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file)
  • The no parking signs are positioned along 1,000 feet of shoulder on the mauka side of the highway where the main entry to the lava tube is located. On the makai side of the highway, no parking signs will placed along 600 feet of shoulder. The concrete barriers will be positioned along 1,000 feet of shoulder on the mauka side of the highway to deter parking along the highway to check out the Huehue lava tube. (DOT/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • State Department of Transportation crews on Thursday install concrete barriers along the mauka side of Queen Kaahumanu Highway near the entrance to the Huehue lava tube in North Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • State Department of Transportation crews on Thursday install concrete barriers along the mauka side of Queen Kaahumanu Highway near the entrance to the Huehue lava tube in North Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — The State Department of Transportation is looking for a long-term solution for access to the Huehue lava tube.