Sunny south side site — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
This is the south side's claim to fame, Spouting Horn. Located at the end of Kauai's Lawai Road which weaves along the coast, the natural wonder is located just after the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Saltwater erupts through a hole in the lava rock sea cliffs, shooting extremely high into the air, depending on tide and wave size.
You'll notice how a sound follows each eruption just a second after and comes from another hole. According to Hawaiian legend, a huge lizard (mo'o in Hawaiian) lived here. The tale says that the lizard would eat anyone who tried to fish here, and that a man named Liko met his demise that way. It's said that Liko speared the lizard which became stuck in the blow hole, and that the noise is the sound of the lizard's painful cries.
Spouting Horn — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
There's plenty of parking here as well as bathrooms, picnic tables and a nice grassy lawn. Vendors selling shell jewelry, souvenirs and art line the path down to the blow hole. Don't forget the camera for this stop, and always respect the signs saying not to go behind the fence and down to the cliffs. Several people (not Liko) have met their demise that way.