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.