The new Hanapepe Swinging Bridge, rebuilt in 1996 after the old bridge was seriously damaged by Hurricane Iniki in 1992, is a popular tourist attraction in the town of Hanapepe, Kauai. The historic suspension bridge was originally built in 1911, providing an important link between Hanapepe and the agricultural fields on the other side of the Hanapepe River. Today, the bridge is still a vital link for schoolchildren and residents of Hanapepe.
The bridge is located near the center of old Hanapepe town, an artsy area with a number of galleries. See the bridge on a Friday evening during Hanapepe Art Night when the area lights up with arts, crafts, live music and food trucks. Or stop by on your trip to nearby Waimea Canyon.
The new bridge doesn’t swing as much as the old one, but it’s still fun to cross. It is also a popular spot for photos, especially during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset. There is a berm alongside the river near the bridge for additional photo opportunities.
Though the bridge is sturdy, don’t overload the bridge with too many people. And if you’re a tourist taking photos or just hanging out on the bridge, please let the local residents pass in peace.
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Hanapepe Swinging Bridge Photos
The bridge is located near the center of Hanapepe. Look for the sign near the Aloha Spice Company.
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