Due to the uncertainty of our times, the 2021 NaPali Challenge Outrigger Long Distance Canoe Race from Hanalei to Kekaha sponsored by Kaua’i Outrigger Association is officially canceled.
After considering the potential risk, KOA believes this decision is in the best interest and well-being of our paddlers, escort boat drivers, officials, families, and everyone associated with outrigger canoe paddling.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and kindly ask for your understanding.
KOA Executive Board
KOA Race AND MASK Guidelines!
- Inter-island travel: if vaccinated post-travel test is not required
- Mainland Travel: post-test is still required before participating in any paddling activities (KOA still recommend to do post-test as a precaution for Inter-island travel, but not mandatory)
- Mask is not required, but if it’s in a larger group setting and not familiar with the group around, it’s your choice to wear a mask.
Amazing video from NOCRA NaOpio!
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
…through the Community Enrichment Program
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.
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.