Kauai Outrigger Association

Aloha All,

We have been in contact with several government agencies and health professionals, concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Yesterday, Mayor Derek Kawakami issued a press release to announce the closure of several county facilities, programs and classes for a period of sixty days. This shall take effect on Monday, March 16, 2020, due to public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus.

Kauai Outrigger Association will be postponing the 51st annual Prince Kuhio Race scheduled for March 21, 2020.

Kaua’i Outrigger Association will place a temporary hold on all other events through May 16, 2020.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will do our best to keep everyone updated as new information becomes available.

The safety and well-being of our island community and the rest of our nation is our main priority.

Should you have any questions or concerns, you may call at 808-651-7298.

Mahalo to all,
Peter Chow, KOA President.


Thank you for visiting KOAPaddler.org. Kauai Outrigger Association (KOA) is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving and perpetuating Hawaiian culture through the sport of

Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Paddling.


Funding made possible by

Hawai'i Tourism


…through the Community Enrichment Program

…And via Ohana Fit Fest and the 2019 Fit Fund presented by
Kauai North Shore Community Foundation (KNSCF)

Formerly known as Garden Island Canoe Racing Association (GICRA), Kauai Outrigger Association (KOA) marked its first year in 2015. We look forward towards a bright future as we continue to build upon the foundation through continued engagement of our communities and visiting crews.

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The Association’s purpose is to promote and encourage participation in Hawaiian canoe racing activities within its community as well as inter-club, inter-island and internationally. KOA consists of eleven (11) member clubs on the island of Kauai and is the proud sponsor of the Prince Kuhio Long Distance and Na Pali Challenge. The Prince Kuhio race kicks-off a week-long celebration of the life and contributions of Hawaiian royal Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole. The Na Pali Challenge long distance race is singularly unique and covers some of the most amazing waters in the world.