Explore Kauai

Hanapepe

Kauai’s “Biggest Little Town” is known for its rustic charm. Built by rice farmers in the 1800s, Hanapepe had numerous bars and gained notoriety as a rowdy spot back in the day. Nearly on is way to becoming a ghost town, a recent influx of new art galleries, cafes and antique shops revitalized the community. Every Friday night, the streets light up into a festival for Art Night, a self-guided walking tour of the town. Although it has evolved into an art enclave, the integrity of the town’s original architecture remains. Buildings on Main Street are fitted with interpretive signs, telling stories of the former businesses that flourished here during the plantation era. Stop by the popular Hanapepe Café, known for their gourmet garden burgers and Italian specials served on Friday nights with live entertainment. Another popular attraction is the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge, a suspended footbridge crossing the Hanapepe River, which was built in 1911 and reconstructed after Hurricane Iniki. Don’t miss the Kauai Kookie Factory Outlet in Hanapepe Place, for yummy treats and souvenirs made in Kauai. South of Hanapepe is the popular Salt Pond Beach Park and Fort Elizabeth State Park, which contain the remnants of a “Russian Fort,” one of three forts built on the island by a trader who worked for the Russian-American Trading Company.

Locations

Hanapēpē
Kauai, HI
United States