We woke up to a beautiful weather and headed to the South Shore of Kauai to visit the “Spouting Horn” and the “Allerton Gardens”. We would have like to also go to the McBryde Gardens but since we did not plan ahead we could not go on the tour for that garden.
The Spouting Horn is one of the most famous spots for tourists and photographers. Spouting Horn is a “blowhole” created by waves forcing into a shoreline cave, resulting in a vertical fountain of seawater that shoots out a natural hole in the lava table. Ancient Hawaiians believed this coastline was once guarded by a giant moo (lizard) named Kaikapu. Everyone was afraid of the moo because it would eat anyone who tried to fish or swim in the area. One day, a young boy named Liko entered the ocean to outwit the lizard. Kaikapu attacked him, but Liko thrust a sharp stick into her mouth, swam under the lava shelf, and escaped through a small hole to the surface. The moo followed Liko and got stuck in the lava tube. To this day, you can hear the lizard’s roar and see her breath spraying from the blowhole. (Reference: gohawaii.com). Watch a quick video here
Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden both are a part of nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden. We chose to tour the Allerton Gardens as I wanted to see the famous “Jurassic trees”. Allerton Garden is a former private property with intriguing water features and the famous trees. Our tour guide told us that Allerton Garden was named one of the ” 50 places of lifetime to see in America” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine
Here are some pics..