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Near Poipu in Kauai County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
Spouting Horn Park
Kōloa Heritage Trail — Ka Ala Hele Waiwai Ho‘olina o Kōloa

— Preserving the Heritage of Po‘ipū & Kōloa —
 
Spouting Horn Park Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, October 13, 2008
1. Spouting Horn Park Marker
 
Inscription. Spouting Horn Park was called puhi, or blowhole, by early Hawaiians. Legends tell of a huge mo‘o, or lizard, caught in this puhi, which was formed when waves eroded softer, underlying rocks and wore through the harder top rock. Water rushing into the hole is forced through the narrow opening and shoots skyward.
 
Erected by Po‘ipū Beach Foundation. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Location. 21° 53.097′ N, 159° 29.628′ W. Marker is near Poipu, Hawaii, in Kauai County. Marker is on Lawai Road south of the traffic circle on Poipu Road (Hawaii Route 520), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Koloa HI 96756, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Prince Kūhiō Birthplace & Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hanaka‘ape Bay & Kōloa Landing (approx. 1.7 miles away); Kōloa Missionary Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Yamamoto Store & Kōloa Hotel (approx. 2.2 miles away); Pā‘ū a Laka (Moir Gardens) (approx. 2.2 miles away); Koloa, Birthplace of the Hawaiian Sugar Industry (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hapa Road (approx. 2.4 miles away); Kōloa Jodo Mission (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Poipu.
 
Spouting Horn Park Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, October 13, 2008
2. Spouting Horn Park Marker
 

 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is the first of the Koloa Heritage Trail Markers. Click for the complete list in the order shown on the “Free Kōloa & Po‘ipū Map” of cultural, historical and geographical sites available locally.
 
Also see . . .
1. Spouting Horn. Photos and more on the legend. (Submitted on October 20, 2008.) 

2. The Story of Kolōa: A Kaua‘i Plantation Town. 2001 book by Donald Donohugh. “There is a story often heard on Kaua‘i that Spouting Horn was dynamited around 1920 by the order of McBryde [Sugar Company] officials so the spray would not damage the sugar cane immediately inland. ... After reviewing these [sources and photographs], the only conclusion possible is that no dynamiting took place and the story is false.” (Submitted on October 20, 2008.) 
 
A Spouting Horn Spouting Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, October 13, 2008
3. A Spouting Horn Spouting
The horns make a deep growl sound changing to a hiss just as the water gushes up. Legend says this is the great lizard Leho who is stuck in the puhi, growling and hissing every time he gets soaked.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,946 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 20, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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