Kauai’s Spouting Horn Blowhole
Kauai’s Spouting Horn blowhole, originally named puhi (Hawaiian for blowhole), on the South Shore is one of the most photographed spots on Kauai. With every wave that hits the lava shelf, water crashes upward through an opening shooting a water spray as high as 50 feet into the air. As the water moves through the blowhole, the wave roars and releases a hissing sound.
Legend of Spouting Horn
According to Hawaiian talk story, Ancient Hawaiians believed the southern coastline of Kauai was once guarded by a giant moo, (Hawaiian for lizard) named Kaikapu. Everyone was afraid of Kaikapu because she would eat anyone who tried to fish or swim in this area.
One day a young kane (Hawaiian for man/boy), named Liko, entered the ocean to challenge Kaikapu. The moo attacked Liko, but he was prepared to outwit Kaikapu and thrust a sharp stick into her mouth. Liko then lured Kaikapu under the lava shelf as he swam underneath. As Liko moved up through the lava shelf, he was able to escape through a small hole leading to the surface. As Kaikapu followed Liko, she got stuck in the hole.
To this day, you can still hear Kaikapu roar and hiss with the spray of her breath from the blowhole as she continues to fight to free herself.
Visiting Spouting Horn Park
Spouting Horn Park is located in the Koloa district of Kauai. With ample and convenient parking, it makes for an easy afternoon stop. A great place to watch for humpback whales during winter and spring and sunset any time of the year, you won’t want to miss seeing Spouting Horn for yourself.
Have you ever been to Spouting Horn?
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.