The Swinging Bridge in Hanapepe is nothing more than a cute little diversion if you want to take a break from driving. It’s actually not the original bridge, it was rebuilt in 1992 after the original was destroyed by a hurricane. This quaint footbridge is a picturesque stop if you’re hanging out in the charming village of Hanapepe but it’s not worth building your day around.
Salt Pond Beach is a nice big beach with plenty of parking and a large calm enough swimming. This beach is larger than most of the other beaches on the south and near-west sides of the island making it ideal for families. It’s also quiet and surprisingly less populated than most of the other beaches in the area. The beach is named for the salt ponds directly east. Hawaiians still use these ponds to make rock salt. Salt Pond Beach also has showers, barbecue grills campgrounds and a lifeguard station. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a great place to camp or a nice, quiet beach to hang out at for the day. It’s also a great beach for windsurfing. On some days there is even a local shrimp truck serving delicious hot meals and cold shaved ice.
You can get a map almost anywhere in this town and you can do the walking tour. Its a short walk and most of the older buildings have a plaque with a picture and explainatin of what the used to be back in the 1800's. Its not the most exciting self tour but its nice.
The Kanaloa’s Shrimp Truck can often be found at Salt Pond Beach. This family owned and operated venture offers delicious food for reasonable prices. Many people are frightened off by eating street food but I personally think you’re missing out on a world of amazing flavors and feasts if you limit yourself this way. Dining at a shrimp truck is perfectly safe. All the food is made-to-order so peruse the menu, order whatever tickles your fancy and sit back and you’re in for quite a treat! Kai, the owner’s kid, definitely entertained us while we were waiting for our food. The owner, Kanaloa, was friendly and welcoming and even gave us a free shaved ice. If you’re looking for cheap, great, local food look no further than Kanaloa’s.
Favorite Dish: The Garlic Shrimp plate and the shaved ice were definite winners among our crew. And the shaved ice is a great way to cool down on any beach day!