Posted by: kauaikolea2 | July 6, 2011

Spouting Horn: Another Got To See Spot on Kaua’i

Kaua’i is a paradise of natural wonders: rocky cliffs, taro fields that stretch to the horizon, waterfalls that are hundreds of feet high.  Spouting Horn in Po’ipu is such a natural wonder.  It is best to view Spouting Horn at high tide, but even if you arrive at other times, photographing and video recording the spout is fun.

Spouting Horn is a lava tube formation.  Lava, of course, flows to the ocean and cools but the wave action continues to erode it over the eons. Spouting Horn occurs because sea water rushes under the lava shelf left from the lava tube and bursts through a small hole in the shelf.  Water can spurt 50 feet into the air!  At sunset, the spray takes on the colors of the rainbow and is even more stunning.

Another nearby hole does not spout water, only air, making loud groaning noises.  And here lies our Hawaiian legend!  Hawaiians believed that the coast was guarded by a large lizard (a mo’o)
who ate anyone who tried to fish or swim in the area.  Liko, the hero of our story, was swimming one day when the lizard tried to eat him! Liko swam under the lava shelf and escaped through the hole.  The lizard, however, became stuck and is still stuck to this day.  The groaning sounds are cries of hunger and pain from the poor trapped lizard.

What is not legend is the fact that a larger blowhole, the Kukuiula Seaplume, once was adjacent to Spouting Horn.  It shot water 200 feet into the air, which must have been very impressive to see! Alas, the salt spray was damaging to a nearby sugar cane field, so the hole was blasted away in the 1920s.

A trip to Poi’pu and the Spouting Horn should be on your Must-See List.  It is a nice, not-too
long drive (you can leave after breakfast, be back a lunchtime, if you want, but you should stay on the south side of the island for a bit and explore) from any one of our Kauai vacation rentals ( or 1 855 HULA NOW).

View all our great properties:

Islander on the Beach

Unit 111: Partial Ocean View – Ground floor – 2 Full Beds

Unit 170: Partial Ocean View – Ground floor – 2 Full Beds

Unit 222: Almost Ocean Front – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Unit 250: Ocean Front – Second Floor – King Bed

Unit 361: Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kauai Beach Resort

Unit 1317: Lagoon/Partial Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kapaa Sands

Unit 7: Ocean Front Coastal Views – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Unit 9: Ocean Front Coastal Views – Second Floor – Queen Bed




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