Kauai Outrigger Association


[see our 2020 NaPali Challenge message here]

Long Distance Race Guidelines!

  • Temperature check is required prior to race
  • Mask is mandated when rigging, before getting in the canoe and after racing (getting off the canoe)
  • Even with Kauai opting back to Safe Travel Program: State Health Officials and DNLR recommends- No off Island paddlers and if Kauai paddlers travelled and comes back home, they need to quarantine for 10 days prior to the race, otherwise they won’t be able to participate. This is under the terms of our permit with the County.

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

Hawai'i Tourism


…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.

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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.