Visit quirky Hanapepe during the day and you’ll find a half-deserted Old West-style ghost town. Visit on any Friday night between the hours of 5-8PM and you’ll find a vibrant, eclectic, crowded street scene alive with art, performers, food trucks, desserts, classic cars and tourists still in their beach attire.
Take a leisurely stroll through town before you decide where to eat, as there are more than a few restaurants and food trucks with a wide variety of food. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with a slice of pie from The Right Slice (highly recommended).
But it’s called Art Night for a reason and the galleries shine with island artwork that goes beyond the ordinary.
Don’t miss the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge, which is located behind the Aloha Spice Company. The historic Aloha Theater, now closed, is also here.
Art Night can be found on Hanapepe Road, just off the main Highway 50. It is about a twenty minute drive from Poipu. If you’re staying in the Kapaa or Hanalei area, plan your visit to Waimea Canyon on a Friday, and stop by Hanapepe Art Night on your way back.
Hanapepe Art Night Photos
The Talk Story Bookstore, the westernmost bookstore in the United States, is a place to share stories, discover out-of-print books and find unique gifts and collectibles.
We highly recommend The Right Slice!
Above: Stormy Skies Over the Tobago Cays, by Grant Pecoff.
Above: Liquid Sunset Over the NaPali, by Grant Pecoff at The Bright Side Gallery.
The historic Aloha Theater is located on the street of Hanapepe Art Night. It was once the centerpiece of Hanapepe, showing classic movies to the local community and servicemen and women from the nearby military base. Hanapepe served as the inspiration for the town in Disney’s Lilo & Stitch movie, and Lilo & Stitch artwork can be found on the theater building.