Top ChoiceBeach in Hanapepe

Salt Pond Beach Park

One of Kaua‘i’s safest and loveliest-looking beaches, a favorite with local families, Salt Ponds owes its off-putting name to the separate saltwater flats alongside. The beach itself is superb, a gentle crescent...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in Hanapepe

Taro Ko Chips Factory

This tumbledown shack looks like it’s been closed for decades, but find your way in through the side door for a quintessential Kaua‘i experience. Somewhere inside, someone – often the farmer who grew the crop in...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Hanapepe

Japanese Grandma

With its local take on Japanese cuisine, this smart little restaurant has earned a sky-high, island-wide reputation. The sushi is impeccable, but there’s a whole lot more on the menu too, including poke and bento...

Top ChoiceArt in Hanapepe

Art Night

Hanapepe comes to life every Friday night, offering an extended peek into its art world to one and all. Store and galleries stay open late, and Hanapepe Rd, through the historic core, is transformed by musicians...

Top ChoiceBakery in Hanapepe

Midnight Bear Breads

Hands-down Kaua‘i‘s best bakery, this small organic cafe offers everything from delicate pastries and cinnamon rolls to sourdough loaves and baguettes and fresh-made sandwiches. Pick up a picnic en route to...

Top ChoiceArt in Hanapepe

Kauai Fine Arts

This rather wonderful antique art store specializes in maps and prints from the age of European Pacific exploration. Genuine lithographs by John Webber, the artist who sailed with Captain Cook, sell for thousands...

Clothing in Hanapepe

Blü Umi

Sharing its premises with the Japanese Grandma restaurant – some items are discounted for diners – this fancy little store has a slicker vibe than its Hanapepe neighbors. Along with tasteful women’s clothing, it...

Landmark in Hanapepe

Swinging Bridge

First erected to span the Hanapepe River in 1911 and rebuilt after the 1992 hurricane, this wood-and-cable suspension footbridge is just three planks wide. A thrill for children especially, it swings and sways...

Books in Hanapepe

Talk Story Bookstore

The USA’s westernmost bookstore is, even more crucially, the only genuine bookstore on Kaua‘i. As such, it’s a godsend, cramming over 100,000 (largely secondhand) books onto its shelves, along with vintage...

Theater in Hanapepe

Storybook Theatre of Hawaii

The Storybook Theatre tours Hawaii with puppets who ‘talk story’ (chat). Schedules vary, but drop in on Art Night, when it sometimes hosts kids’ activities. Book ahead to join a historical walking tour of...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Hanapepe

Aloha Spice Company

You can smell the savory, smoky goodness as soon as you step inside. In addition to local spices (in blends such as ‘luau BBQ’), this place also sells sauces and jams, lotions and oils, nuts and chocolate, and...

Clothing in Hanapepe

Puahina

Bold in-house designs set this small boutique apart. You’ll find wearable keepsakes that fuse traditional motifs with contemporary styles. Look for silk-screen shirts, skirts and tops adorned by native ferns, as...

Food & Drink in Hanapepe

Kauaʻi Chocolate & Coffee Festival

Over a Friday evening and Saturday daytime, this caffeine fest sees Hanapepe Park filled with stalls and food trucks, and features tastings, demonstrations, live entertainment and farm tours.

Arts & Crafts in Hanapepe

Banana Patch Studio

Usually packed with shoppers, this large studio-cum-store creates functional, vividly colorful crafts for the home rather than fine art – koi watercolors, wooden tiki bar signs, pottery with tropical flowers,...

Ice Cream in Hanapepe

Lappert's Hawaii

Hawaii’s famed icecream chain started operations right here in 1983. Lappert’s is way too big for Hanapepe-based production now, but this quaint little roadside shop is still scooping sumptuous tropical flavors...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Hanapepe

JJ Ohana

There can’t be many places where you can find both $2.50 comfort food and a $7000 necklace. This family-run spot offers daily food specials (such as chili and rice) plus high-quality, Hawaii-made crafts like koa...

Clothing in Hanapepe

Jacqueline on Kauaʻi

Friendly Jacqueline makes bespoke aloha shirts while you wait (usually one to two hours), including children’s sizes, with coconut buttons no less. You choose the fabric and she does the rest. Place an order at...

Hawaiian in Hanapepe

Bobbie's

In a small storefront, this humble lunch counter makes huge plate lunches like loco moco and chicken katsu (deep-fried fillets), plus BBQ chicken and ribs a couple of nights a week. It’s not good-for-you food,...

Cafe in Hanapepe

Little Fish Coffee

The menu at this cute coffee shop lures customers with espresso drinks, fruit smoothies, granola bowls, homemade soups, garden salads and bagel and panini sandwiches. Sit inside amid retro artwork and music, or...

Arts & Crafts in Hanapepe

Bright Side Gallery

Representing both island and US mainland artists, this fun, whimsical space never takes itself too seriously. Surf themes show up in many of the oils, acrylics and giclées, though it's the wood carvings that...