Thank you for visiting our online home for the Kauai Outrigger Association (KOA). As a non-profit organization, we are devoted to preserving and perpetuating Hawaiian culture through the sport of Outrigger Canoe Paddling. We serve hundreds of families on Kauai and help to provide a welcoming space where anyone can be a part of a strong community.
Formerly known as Garden Island Canoe Racing Association (GICRA), we marked our first year promoting canoe racing as KOA in 2015. Since then our membership has grown steadily. Our ten member clubs are located across Kauai so there is sure to be one near you. Visit our Club Finder page to locate a club and become a part of our what makes us strong. We look forward to a bright future as we continue to build upon our foundation through continued engagement of our communities and visiting crews.
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Our purpose is to promote and encourage participation in Hawaiian canoe racing activities within our island community as well as inter-island and internationally. Our paddling ohana at KOA consists of ten member clubs on the island of Kauai. Each of our clubs will host an event during the racing season. Visit our Races page to learn more about the different events and to access current schedules.
We are the proud sponsor of the Prince Kuhio long distance race. The Prince Kuhio race kicks-off a week-long celebration of the life and contributions of Hawaiian royal Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole. We are also proud to host the annual Na Pali Challenge – a world-class mixed crew long distance race. The Na Pali Challenge is singularly unique and covers some of the most amazing waters in the world. Visit our Club Finder page and join a club near you to gain the opportunity to be part of the canoe racing community and participate in all of these incredible events.