Images of America: Kapaʻa

Images of America: Kapaʻa


Arcadia Publishing

Marta Hulsman, Wilma Chandler, Bill and Judie Fernandez, Linda Kaialoa, Linda Moriarty, and Herman Texeira

Softcover, 127 pp.

Kapa’a, like most rural towns on Kaua’i and in Hawai’i, got its start in the 19th century as a sugar town. But, within five years, Kapa’a’s sugar mill was gone; the little village almost disappeared. By the early 20th century, Kapa’a was once again a thriving community. Self-reliant merchants and shopkeepers, first mostly Chinese and then Japanese, competed with the neighboring plantation store. Homesteaders populated the hills behind Kapa’a, and two pineapple canneries offered employment. Several movie theaters provided alternatives to the bars and taxi-dance halls. By the 1970s, pineapple, too, was gone, and Kapa’a faced new challenges. Today, new entrepreneurs working alongside the old provide entertainment for a new clientele of pleasure-seekers, tourists. Read all about the history of this town in this volume.