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Hanapepe tour keeps alive unvarnished history

  • COURTESY KAY KOIKE

    The Spark M. Matsunaga International Children’s Garden for Peace at the Storybook Theatre includes an arbor entrance, outdoor theatre, koi ponds, a gazebo, a variety of plants and trees and a statue of former Hawaii Senator Sparky Matsunaga, who was born and raised in Hanapepe.

What has become known as the Hanapepe Massacre holds the dubious distinction of being the bloodiest confrontation in Hawaii’s labor history. It’s hard to imagine it took place in Hanapepe, a quiet town in South Kauai that’s now known as an artists’ enclave. Read more

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