It’s definitely not the most thrilling thing you’ll do while on Kauai, but the swinging bridge is guaranteed to get your heart hopping.
Located in the sleepy town of Hanapēpē, the bridge has become a popular attraction for visitors passing through Kauai’s south side. It s w a y s gently in the warm island wind and undulates rather rhythmically with every bouncing step. Below, the olive-colored Waimea River seems to taunt those standing above – with only a few inches of wood between them and a very wet fall.
Before Hurricane Iniki damaged the bridge, it had less support and more sway than it does today. That’s because wooden planks and support cables were added since then. To be honest, the bridge still scares the heck out of me, with or without my goofball boyfriend purposely jumping up and down on it!
Although the bridge is behind the main part of the town, signs easily point visitors into the direction of the attraction. It’s a great place for some really cool photo and video opportunities. Best of all, visiting the bridge is totally free. The only thing locals ask is that you turn around as soon as you get to the other side of the river.
That’s because taro farmers live across the way and still use this bridge to get to town. Back in the day, the bridge was the only way to cross the bridge, and if ever it was damaged (most times by the river), school was cancelled until the bridge could be fixed.
Next time you’re exploring Hanapēpē, take a stroll back in time via the famous swinging bridge.
HANAPEPE SWINGING BRIDGE
• Hanapepe, Hawaii 96716 • Open: All day (free)