Art Night in Hanapepe – A Friday Kauai Activity Highlight

The self-proclaimed “biggest little town” by those who live here and our Kauai vacation rental guests, historic Hanapepe hosts “Art Night” every Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm. Watch our Kauai video and see the charm that awaits you. This quaint community offers a glimpse into an era long gone in most places. Hanapepe was also the inspiration for the hometown in Disney’s Lilo and Stich and featured in the TV miniseries, The Thorn Birds.

The wide main street just off of Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) is lined with weathered storefronts that are now housing art galleries, antiques, gift shops, clothing stores, books and a coffee bar.

Every Friday night, visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll through town. There are more than fifteen galleries and stores that stay open late. Many local artists set up kiosks to show their work and local performers play Hawaiian music in the streets. Another highlight is the swinging bridge that crosses the Hanapepe River which you will see in the Kauai video above.

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.
Little Fish Coffee – Sandwiches, wraps, smoothies and coffee.
Roberts Jewelry – One of the oldest stores in town. Nice selection of Aloha wear for men and women.
Taro Ko Factory – Taro, Potato and li hing mui Sweet Potato chips.
Keiki Kovers – Children’s clothing made on Kauai. One of a kind!

If you have favorite places to shop in Hanapepe, let us know and we’ll add them to our list.

Hanapepe Cafe has reopened! Chef Helen is back on Friday nights only. Same location but half the size as before with an art gallery next door. Come early for best selection. Open Friday night until 9pm.

Directions: Approximately 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.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Marc Rosenberg June 7, 2015 at 1:01 pm

We were in Hanapepe for art night about 18 months ago and discovered a gallery with lots of large sized/panorama photographs on metal (aluminum?), rather than photo paper. We cannot remember the name of the gallery. Can you provide the name and/or website? Many thanks.


JP June 8, 2015 at 7:23 am

Aloha Marc –

I think the artist you are trying to remember is Dan Harries who does abstract photography of Kauai. His work is exhibited at Amy-Lauren’s Gallery in Hanapepe. Their phone number is 808-335-2827. If it turns out that you are looking for someone else, please let us know and we can try another source for you. We hope to see you back again on Kauai!

Best Wishes,

JP and the Parrish Kauai team


Sam Woollard December 13, 2013 at 6:15 am

We have visited Kaui every four years or so and in January 2014 we will be making our fifth visit. Hanapepe on a Friday night is high on our list of places to go to, we have always had fun there. So sorry that Helen has closed the Cafe, we had some great meals there, maybe this time it will be soup and pizza!


JP January 20, 2014 at 1:16 pm

There is good news, Sam! Hanapepe Cafe has reopened every Friday night. Chef Helen is back. Same location but a smaller space. Glad to hear you enjoy Hanapepe Art Night. Aloha from Parrish Kauai


Daniel Lane October 29, 2013 at 8:05 am

I’m sorry to say that the Hanapepe Cafe closed late last year. The owner made the decision due to health reasons.


Rob October 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Mahalo, Daniel. There may be good news ahead. The kitchen is still used by a vendor selling homemade pizza and bread in front. Half the building is now an art gallery and the other half carries the Hanapepe Cafe sign. It opened briefly as a restaurant several months ago and then closed. We’re waiting to hear more. In the meantime, the former owner (Helen) sells her soup at Little Fish Cafe in Hanapepe. Aloha from the Parrish Kauai team.


Gayle Roege July 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

We recently visited Kauai, and leaving the Waimea Canyon, decided to spend some time in Hahapepe for the art event. on Jun 29th. It was a great way to experience the local flavor and enjoy the artistic creations and small-town shops of the area. We strolled through town, listened to live music, and ate a wonderful meal from one of the favored local eateries, and truly enjoyed the evening. In one shop, we purchased a copper humuhumanukanukapua’a fish by artist Gary Anthony and purchased a book about Kauai n the bookstore. We will remember it as a highlight of our trip. Thank you.


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