Kapaa has been named by Forbes as one of America's Prettiest Towns.
Free trade brought eager families to Kapaa.
In the marshlands of Kapaa town, rice was king.
Sugar cane had taken over elsewhere in the islands when Kapaa decided to take on the pineapple.
Kapaa was pineapple town with a pineapple factory on one side and the massive Pono Cannery on the other.
Inside the Cannery offered paying jobs in sorting, filling and canning.
King Kalakaua hunted for cheap land for his hui of friends.
Kapaa means "solid" in English.
For nearly 50 years, Pono Market has not only survived, but thrived on Kapaa's main drag.
Pono Market still benefits from the hard work of the generations before him.
The Kamakani Kai Bridge was built in 2000 with half a million dollars in volunteer labor.
The bike path was built with $2.5 million in federal money provided by the work done on the Kamakani Bridge.
A multiuse path will span 18 miles of pristine coastline and prime real estate.
Some believe the the young generations ones are coming up with new energy and new ideas to continue revitalizing the town.
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