Points of interest
The Swinging Bridge
The Hanapepe River is the third largest river on Kauai. Walk on our historic wooden Swinging Bridge, which was originally built in 1911, over the water pipe suppling water to Historic Hanapepe Town. It was rebuilt after Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
The Hanapepe Farmers Market is one of seven county sponsored Sunshine Markets. Come meet local farmers to get your fresh fruit, vegetables, and plants many of whom are Kauai Grown members. These markets tend to last two hours, and produce goes quickly! Located in Hanapepe Park on Thursdays starting at 3pm.
Salt Pond Beach Park
Salt Pond Beach
Beautiful beach with protected swimming, lifeguard, picnic areas and camping.
It’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal resting on the sand here… or the one horned, red backed, butt fish (it’s a good place for snorkelers).
One of the most interesting examples of living history in Hanapepe is the salt ponds. Salt was an important commodity in Hawaii’s early post-contact economy. It was traded with visiting ships who needed the salt for food preservation. Salt is still farmed in Hanapepe just as it has been for hundreds of years. Every May, the local families who have stewardship of the ponds begin preparing their ‘pans’ or ponds for the summer salt gathering season. The pa’akai (sea salt) is created by underground saltwater that is transferred to shallow ponds shaped from the ground and lined with clay. The salt farms of Hanapepe are one of only two major areas in the islands where salt is still harvested in the traditional manner.
Please be respectful of this area.
hanapepe town truck
See our beautiful truck parked at the east side of Hanapepe strip. This truck has become quite the landmark for the town and regular work is going into keeping the bougainvillea and truck around as long as possible.
During the 2018, annual Kaua’i Chocolate and Coffee Festival, this truck got a fresh paint job by Hanapepe artist, Seth Womble.
Originally painted by Georgio with flames and planets.
Hanapepe Tile Mural
The 18- by 9-foot mural is a community effort organized by Banana Patch Studio, which supplied the tiles and paints to Eleele Elementary School, whose students decorated the tiles.