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Introducing Hanapepe

Hanapepe calls itself ‘Kauaʻi’s Biggest Little Town,’ and that’s not just advertising. This is the funkiest, artiest town on the island, its Old West architecture lending it a unique vibe, as if the entire town has parachuted in from Colorado. Lining a single bend off the highway, the main street is chock-full of galleries, crafts shops and restaurants, yet for all its tourist appeal Hanapepe manages to be local to the core and brims with liberal personality. Of the town’s 69 buildings, 43 are listed on state and national registers, many with placards describing their history. A Walking Tour Map ($2), available at Kauaʻi Fine Arts and other stores, ties it all together. Don’t miss a bouncy trip over the Swinging Bridge, which crosses the Hanapepe River, and be aware that some establishments close by 2pm or 3pm. The notable exception is Friday Art Night, the very best time to visit.