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The legend of Kuna Cave, past and present

The legend of Kuna Cave, past and present

by Brian Holmes

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Posted on May 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Updated Friday, May 25 at 6:12 PM

KUNA -- They carry it with them from childhood. The moniker ‘Kavemen’ is consistent in Kuna, as is the playful spelling.

Here in Kuna, a quick survey shows that many people, places, and things are spelled with a ‘K’.

Just ask Erika, Kylie, and Kaitlyn: three soon-to-be seniors at Kuna High School, where they play volleyball in a gym they call the ‘Kave’.

Here, the school's athletes defend the Kave as either Kavemen, or Lady Kavemen, as the teams are generally known.

Lady Kavemen? The inexplicable term seems odd even to someone who ran track for Kuna High years ago like Lori Norris. Norris, who shook her head and laughed

when asked about the origin of the team name, said she’d rather be konwns as a “Kavewoman.”

However, our friends Erika, Kylie, and Kaitlynn defend their fellow Lady Kavemen, saying the term “Kavewoman” just doesn’t sound right.

Weird or not, it’s obvious that these labels come from the town’s namesake lava tube just five miles south of Kuna: The Kuna Cave.

KTVB made the drive to investigate this legendary place, and found that it lives up to its signature reputation. The Cave is about five miles south of town

just off Swan Falls Road, near a lonely highway called Kuna Cave Road.

Scientists say tens of thousands of years ago, lava flowed through these parts and when it cooled, the Kuna Cave was formed by an air pocket. We’re told that

lava tube actually stretches for miles in two directions: one way leading south to the Snake River, and the other leading deeper underground.