Welcome to Hanapepe
Sleepy Hanapepe is a historic farming and port town that prospered during Hawaii's sugar plantation days. Although taro, a touch of cane and other crops are still grown in this wide, red-earth valley accessed by a sinuous riverside road and hemmed in by craggy cliffs on both sides, downtown has been the domain of art galleries for decades. More recently, groovy young entrepreneurs have moved in and in their hands Kauaʻi’s ‘biggest little town’ may soon become the island’s hippest, most creative place. It's a town where quirk is cool and where young, brainy locals who have trouble identifying with the island-dominant surf culture can feel at home. Most visitors turn up on Friday's Art Night, which is absolutely the best time to see Hanapepe.