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Kauai’s Spouting Horn Blowhole

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.

Spouting Horn

You will want to watch the ocean a while to not only see Spouting Horn, but also to watch the waves hit the lava.

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.

Spouting Horn

Spouting Horn

Spouting Horn

Spouting Horn

Spouting Horn

Kaikapu’s roar and hiss with the spray of her breath.

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.

Spouting Horn

There’s more to see than just the blowhole at Spouting Horn Park.

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.

Spouting Horn

It’s not easy trying to get a picture of yourself with Spouting Horn. Look just over Drew’s shoulder to see the blowhole without water spraying out of it.

Have you ever been to Spouting Horn?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes


Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.

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