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Spouting Horn, Kauai

Spouting Horn, Kauai

  • Name: Spouting Horn Park
  • Where: On Kauai’s South Shore near Poipu
  • What: Scenic blowhole of Hawaiian legend

On Kauai’s South Shore you’ll find the spectacular Spouting Horn blowhole, one of the most photographed spots on Kauai. The Poipu surf channels into a natural lava tube here and releases a huge spout of water during large swells. You’ll also hear a hiss and a roar that is the basis of a Hawaiian legend.

Ancient Hawaiians believed this coastline was once guarded by a giant moo (lizard) named Kaikapu. Everyone was afraid of the moo because it would eat anyone who tried to fish or swim in the area. One day, a young boy named Liko entered the ocean to outwit the lizard. Kaikapu attacked him, but Liko thrust a sharp stick into her mouth, swam under the lava shelf, and escaped through a small hole to the surface. The moo followed Liko and got stuck in the lava tube. To this day, you can hear the lizard’s roar and see her breath spraying from the blowhole.

Access to Spouting Horn Park is convenient with ample parking. The view from the lookout is luminous at sunset. The Poipu coastline is also a great vantage point to look for humpback whales during whale watching season from December to May.