Drive 15 miles west from our Kauai vacation rentals at Poipu Beach to Hanapape for Art Night every Friday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Watch our Kauai video and see the charm that awaits you. This quaint community offers a glimpse into an era long gone with weathered storefronts that are now housing art galleries, antiques, gift shops, clothing stores, restaurants, books and a coffee bar.
Kauai Movie Trivia: Hanapepe was also the inspiration for the hometown in Disney’s Lilo and Stich and featured in the TV miniseries, The Thorn Birds.
Every Friday night, visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll through town for Art Night. There are more than fifteen galleries and stores that stay open late including restaurants and food trucks. Many local artists set up kiosks to show their work and local performers play Hawaiian music in the streets. Another highlight is walking on the swinging bridge before you leave that crosses the lazy Hanapepe River.
Hanapepe Store Sampler.
The Bright Side Gallery – Carefree fine art. Owned by Kate Enoka, a previous manager at Nihi Kai Villas.
Talk Story Bookstore – Western most bookstore in the USA. New, secondhand and out-of-print books.
Banana Patch Studio – Hawaiian ceramic tiles and art. Look for discounts in back room.
Taro Ko Factory – Taro, Potato and li hing mui Sweet Potato chips.
Keiki Kovers – Children’s clothing made on Kauai. One of a kind!
For a complete listing of stores and galleries, visit Hanapepe online.
Places to Eat in Hanapepe.
Hanapepe Cafe. Chef Helen is back on Friday nights only. Same location but half the size as before with a bakery next door. Come early for best selection. Open Friday night from 5 to 9pm.
Japanese Grandma’s Cafe. Fresh Japanese cuisine and sushi bar. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Thursday through Monday.
Little Fish Coffee – Sandwiches, wraps, smoothies and coffee.
Midnight Bear Bakery. Fresh baked artisan breads, croissants and pastries. Stop by Friday night for hot pizza. Open daily except Sunday and Tuesday.
Popo’s Cookies. Homemade cookies from 14 original recipes. Located behind Little Fish Coffee.
Directions to Hanapepe: Located pproximately 10 miles from downtown Koloa. Take Koloa road to Highway 50 and turn left heading towards Waimea Canyon. Follow the sign to “Kauai’s Biggest Little Town” on your right.