Hanapepe Town and Valley


About Hanapepe Town and Valley


Hanapepe Town and Valley live up to many nicknames: The Art Capital of Kauai, Kauais Biggest Little Town, and in the Hawaiian language Bay crushed by landslides. Sitting on the shores of South Kauai and Hanapepe River, the town features the famous Hanapepe Swinging Bridge, which was rebuilt after the 1992 Hurricane Iniki. Throughout Hanapepe Town and Valley are Hawaiian heiau and homes dating back hundreds of years. (Photo: maveric2003 on Flickr).


A town started by Chinese rice farmers in the late 1800′s, Hanapepe has grown little over the past 100 years. The towns most recent developments welcome new art galleries, cafes, and shopping boutiques, but not much else has changed. During World War II up through the 1950s, the town was a favorite hangout for US military and sailors who trained in the Pacific. As Hanapepes agricultural appeal began to decline in the 1980s and tourism was on the rise, Hurricane Iniki dealt heavy damage to Kauai in 1992. Since then, the town has rebuilt itself in the same manner and continues to welcome visitors to its rural streets and shops.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Kauai
  • Duration: Drive-though, stops at location where tour permits.
  • Insider Tip: Take a walk on the swinging bridge!
  • Fun Fact: The old plantation style houses were used as a model for Disneys Lilo & Stitch.
  • What to Expect: Hanapepe shops and art galleries located in plantation buildings.
  • Pop Culture: Nearby Hanapepe Valley was a filming location for Jurassic Park.