The resort's on-site beach kiosk provides you with all your water sports equipment, or you can just bounce in and out of the waves as we did and enjoy watching the sun setting behind Spouting Horn
From the visitor center, trails radiate into a coastal smorgasbord of scenery, including a spouting horn
, active tidepools, a cove beach, churning wave action, a giant spruce tree and probably one of the best coastal views around.
A 26-mile network of trails weaves down to the beach, where Spouting Horn
, a massive, wave-driven geyser, jets 20 feet in the air.
"The Bridge" sits below a distinctive ocean-front cabin that I affectionately refer to as "The Spam Can." It's a favorite spot for winter storm-watchers (there's a bench just above the spouting horn
), photo graphers and cairn- builders, whose summer stacks of rocks seem to pay tribute to the chasm's splendor of spray.
Our favorite discovery was Spouting Horn
, which sends up spectacular sprays of surf as vendors sell jewelry nearby (we found good prices on earrings).
Head back down to the Pacific Ocean and experience the oceanic oddity that is Spouting Horn
at Cook's Chasm.
Enter at the Bill and Jean Lane Visitor Center across from Spouting Horn
near Poipu; (808) 742-2623 or www.ntbg.org.
During storms, the views are spectacular, with waves crashing into the long, narrow rock cleft called Devil's Churn, plus another visual marvel called the Spouting Horn
, where the incoming tide shoots up like a geyser through a hole worn in the rock.
WHERE: The National Tropical Botanical Garden is about 12 miles southwest of Lihue in Poipu; parking is just across Lawai Road from Spouting Horn
We were thinking more along the lines of an overstuffed chair in front of a crackling fire, a four-poster bed laden with goose down, or a room with a picture-window view of a nasty devil's churn or spouting horn
crashing - at a respectable distance, of course - on wavewashed rocks below.
At Spouting Horn
, a little farther south, spray thrashes skyward as water punches through a gap in the rocks.
Half-day, mile-long introduction ($48) departs from Kukuiula Harbor, goes past Spouting Horn
blowhole, and includes a 2-hour beach stop at scenic Lawai Bay.