The spectacular Spouting Horn blowhole in Kauai is apparently the most photographed spot on the ‘Garden Island’. With that in mind, we took off to investigate what it’s all about.
Located on Kauai’s South Shore near Poipu, it’s a spectacular place to visit. We really recommend checking out the Spouting Horn. From December to May, during the whale watching season, the Spouting Horn Beach Park is also a great spot from which to watch beautiful humpback whales.
The legend of the Spouting Horn
Once you arrive to the Spouting Horn blowhole, you will hear hissing, roaring and all sorts of sounds. That’s not the ocean roaring, beware of the monster Moo…
It was believed by the ancient Hawaiians that this coastline was guarded by a giant lizard (Moo as they called it) Kaikapu. The Hawaiians were afraid that the moo will eat anyone who tried to swim or fish in the ocean. But a brave young boy Liko once got into the ocean in attempt to fight the lizard off. Of course, Liko was attacked by the Moo, but luckily he was armed with a sharp stick which he wedged into lizard’s mouth. Liko managed to escape to the surface through a small hole. The moo followed the boy, but got stuck in the lava tube. Until now, you can hear the moo roar and see her breath spouting from the blowhole.
Stay patient at the Spouting Horn
Spouting Horn is a hole at the top of lava rock. When ocean waves pound the shore, they flood the cave and exit through the hole, creating a spectacular show.
As we noticed throughout the trip, the Pacific is so unpredictable and sometimes you have to wait for a very long time for some action. Like I said in my earlier posts, nature can’t be rushed, just be patient and you will be rewarded.
The dancing fountain last only seconds, so have your camera ready all the time. I had lots of fun watching the ocean and trying to guess when a big splash is about to happen.
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