Hawaii May 26, 2019
You Can Visit The Small Town In Hawaii That Inspired The Disney Movie “Lilo And Stitch”
From Kauai to Hawaii Island and everywhere in between, the Hawaiian Islands are home to some of the country’s most charming small towns. Located on the southern coast of Kauai between Waimea and Koloa is Hanapepe, one of the islands’ best-kept secrets. Hanapepe also has a pretty cool claim to fame: it served as the inspiration for the fictional town in the 2002 Disney classic “Lilo and Stitch.” Read on to discover all of the charming details.
Serving as the inspiration for Kokaua, the fictional hometown of the main characters in the Disney animated film Lilo & Stitch as well as its related franchise, Hanapepe is a gem.
If you don’t remember the name Kokaua, we understand: this fictional town wasn’t named until Lilo & Stitch: The Series.
This little beach town is home to 2,600 residents and is often referred to as "Kauai’s Biggest Little Town."
Once one of Kauai’s largest communities, you may find that not much has changed over the last century in Hanapepe.
Its historic, plantation-style buildings are now home to charming shops, eateries, and a surprising amount of art galleries, and you’ll want to explore all day.
True Disney fans will want to make an effort to check out — and photograph — the Lilo & Stitch-inspired mural found off the main road, on the side of the abandoned Aloha Theater.
While you might be disappointed to not find Lilo or Stitch hanging out in this small Hawaiian town, we like that Hanapepe hasn't capitalized on it's Disney fame.
While it's not touristy, tourists will love exploring Hanapepe. The charm of this sleepy, historic town is in its authenticity — and perhaps it’s most famous attraction, the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge, pictured below.
This charming little town is home to everything your heart desires and is the perfect place for your next weekend getaway — especially if Lilo & Stitch is your favorite film based in Hawaii (sorry, Moana!).
Address: Hanapepe, HI 96716
Have you ever visited this charming small town in the Aloha State? What about the town’s two coolest attractions: the
Hanapepe Swinging Bridge and this beach made entirely out of sea glass?