Spouting Horn Hawaii

March 28, 2003


Provided by: Peter Bosomworth
Summary authors & editors: Peter Bosomworth

The above photo was taken at Poipu, South Shore, Kauai, Hawaii. Spouting Horn is a natural blowhole formed in a flat lava bench that's exposed to high surf. The surf has undercut the lava shelf, and as the water rushes in below the bench, it forces air and water out the small opening. Spouting Horn gets its name from the sound the air makes as it's forced through the hole. Hawaiian legend tells that Kaikapu, a lizard goddess, was trapped by the clever fisherman Liko, who tricked her into the lava tube, and the hissing is the sound of her angry roar.

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