Monday, January 26, 2009

Old Hanapepe Town

The charming old town of Hanapepe was founded by Chinese immigrants who worked in the sugar plantations. This suspended wooden foot bridge was originally built in 1911 and renovated after Hurricane Iniki in 1992. The bridge swings, sways, and creaks as you single file from one side to the other. After crossing, go to the left, or downriver, and walk about a half mile along the levee to the 1911 cement highway bridge where it enters Hanapepe Bay.

Take a stroll through town to see that dilapidation and gentrification have balanced out resulting in a quiet, old-style hamlet sprinkled with island art galleries and restaurants. To see the place come alive, catch an art night, normally held every Friday starting at 6.