Sunday, May 23, 2010
Hanapepe Swinging Bridge
The glory days of Hanapepe may be over but it is still the "biggest little town" on the South Shore. The town started by Chinese rice farmers in the late 1800's. It was the only town that was not associated with a plantation. It gained a reputation as wild spot with numerous bars and brawls.
In the 1970's and 1980's it began to decline, especially when the Kukui Grove Shopping Center was opened in 1982. The town was used in the filming of the movie The Thorn Birds.
The Swinging foot bridge over the Hanapepe River was rebuilt after the 1992 hurricane, the city its self has not fully recovered.