The Kapaia Swinging Bridge is 125 feet long and provides a 4-foot-wide pedestrian walkway comprised of wooden planks and girders over Kapaia Stream. Two steel cables run the length of the bridge, are secured to concrete/boulder anchorages on either side, and suspend the structure via a series of hangers located between two wooden towers that are fixed to concrete piers. The Kapaia Swinging Bridge is historically significant in the areas of transportation and ethnic heritage for its association with the sugar plantation history and multicultural heritage of the Kapaia Valley community. It is also significant as one of very few examples of suspension bridge engineering in Hawaii.
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