Sightseeing in Hanapepe, Kaua‘i

Sights from Hanapepe to the end of the road share two common themes: history and natural wonders. Easily accessible and camera-worthy, here are two standouts:

Hanapepe Valley and Lookout

As you come around the bend from Kalaheo and first lay eyes on the Port Allen area, a Hawaii Visitors Bureau sign points out an overlook pull-off spot for the Hanapepe Valley. It offers a peek down into the valley and it’s easily accessible.

Pull over, open your door, and you are there. The vast and beautiful valley is a reminder of the geological activity that shaped the Hawaiian Islands and is home to some overgrowth and small taro fields. It’s good for a quick look since it’s so easy, but the valley is tiny in comparison to Waimea Canyon.

The Hanapepe Swinging Bridge runs between the historic town and the inland side of the Hanapepe River.
The Hanapepe Swinging Bridge runs between the historic town and the inland side of the Hanapepe River. Photo © Eric Chan, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Hanapepe Swinging Bridge

Extended over the Hanapepe River, this wooden plank footbridge runs between the historic town and the inland side of the river. With enough bounce and shake to inspire a little excitement as well as a lovely view down the river, the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge is fun to take a walk on. It’s easily accessible from the town and free. Originally built to run a water line across the river and into town, the bridge ends nearly in someone’s back yard. Once off the bridge take a left to walk the levee back to the old vehicular bridge and come back into town along Hanapepe Road. A stroll across the bridge fits in easily with any gander through town.


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