Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Hanapepe

Salt Pond Beach Park

Named for its saltwater flats, where seawater is still drained and harvested for reddish-pink sodium crystals, this crescent-shaped beach is great for lounging. With a shallow (but not too shallow) swimming area acc…
Top Choice Art in Hanapepe

Art Night

On any given Friday night, Hanapepe comes to life and gives everyone an extended peek into its art world. Galleries stay open later and the town's main drag is transformed by musicians and street vendors. Visitors a…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Hanapepe

Taro Ko Chips Factory

Thinly sliced kalo (taro) that’s been seasoned with garlic salt, slathered with oil and tortured in a deep wok makes for some crispy, slightly sweet but mostly salty crunching. The farmer who grows the taro is also …
Books in Hanapepe

Talk Story Bookstore

The USA's westernmost bookstore is a funky indie bookseller's paradise, the kind that may even fill e-reader enthusiasts with musty page-turning nostalgia. New books by local authors are stocked up front, but it’s m…
Theater in Hanapepe

Storybook Theatre of Hawaii

The Storybook Theatre, which tours Hawaii with puppets who 'talk story' (chat), has been around for 35 years. Schedules vary, but it’s worth a peek on Art Night, when it sometimes hosts kids' activities. Book ahead …
Sushi in Hanapepe

Japanese Grandma

The whole island was excited when Japanese Grandma opened its doors in 2016. While it has to work on some details (like the lighting and service), the sushi is outstanding. The smallish eatery with open kitchen and …
Gallery in Hanapepe

Angela Headley Fine Art & Island Art Gallery

Make this your first stop in Hanapepe for contemporary Hawaiian art: reverse acrylic paintings and giclée prints on wood and metal that are luminous blends of color. It's a somewhat more adventurous gallery than the…
Landmark in Hanapepe

Swinging Bridge

Built in 1911 and rebuilt after the 1992 hurricane, this narrow wood and cable suspension bridge spans the Hanapepe River just before it snakes inland between stark red-earth cliffs. It does swing and moan a bit in …
Market in Hanapepe

Hanapepe Farmers Market

One of the countywide Sunshine Markets. Small-scale farmers truck in the goods themselves and locals line up before the whistle blows just to score the best produce.
Ice Cream in Hanapepe

Lappert's Hawaii

The famed ice-cream chain started operations right here along the highway in 1983 at this quaint little roadside shop and factory. The business is way too big for Hanapepe-based production now, but this humble shop …