Na Pali Race is a Stand Up Paddleboard, Prone Paddleboard, and OC-1 race from Haena Beach Park along the Na Pali Coast, finishing at Polihale State Beach Park, Kauai, Hawaii. The Na Pali Race is an unforgettable paddling experience where this unique venue can be the ultimate downwind run, offering amazing mountain backdrops, waterfalls, caves, cliffs, and crystal clear waters. From start to finish the course is close to 17 miles. The Na Pali Race is designed to be an elite paddleboard race and charity event, where “Paddle for the Pali” fun run paddlers are encouraged to join in, as well as inviting the worlds best to compete for Grand Prizes.
Na Pali Coast is the most beautiful places in the world. We would like to promote the cultural and natural heritage of this special place and inspire people around Hawaii and throughout the world to be appreciative of the environment.
“Paddle for the Pali” means a portion of event proceeds and sponsorships will benefit the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana, a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Na Pali Coast State Park, Kaua’i, Hawai’i. To learn more about the ‘Ohana please visit Napali.org.
Suggested donation to Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana is $20. For each $5 contributed donation you will receive one donation drawing ticket. Support the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana. Donation drawing tickets can also be purchased separately.
Contestants get event t-shirt, event hat, race jersey, and custom Na Pali Race 2012 sandals for participating, along with food served by Dukes Kauai, LandShark Lager beer, and other drink and refreshments at the awards ceremony. There are awards for top finishers in all categories grass roots style.
This is an inclusive race also inviting other craft to “Paddle for the Pali” in fun run style divisions, but event priorities may be limited to SUP and Paddleboard depending on logistics and permitting.
Although we provide some escort boats for the event we cannot guarantee you will get the one to one attention you need from the drivers unless there is an emergency. The boats are merely for spotting support. It is in your best interest to hire your own escort boat, especially if you want refreshments, one-to-one support, and guidance during the race. Contestants are encouraged to have their own escort boats. All escort boat captains must understand the course, sign waiver, and agree to rules of the event. There will also be a briefing for boat captains prior to the event.
The Na Pali Coast is known to have strong currents, strong winds, and dangerous ocean conditions. The coastline is only accessible by boat or helicopter for a rescue. There is no cell phone service along the coastline- including the start and finish line beach areas. Paddlers must have both ocean and paddleboard experience to participate in the Na Pali Race.
Safety will be provided by Kauai Water Patrol Lifeguards, who will be of service in case of any emergencies. There will be two lifeguards on jets skis during the race and one lifeguard at Polihale for the duration of the day. Haena County Park has lifeguards as well.
“Paddle-for-the Pali” fun run divisions- A more friendly-race division for paddlers to raise awareness of the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana and test their paddling skills and endurance along the Na Pali Coastline. All paddlers must be experienced and capable to enter any division. This group will be categorized as the Fun Run Style Divisions.
Women and Men Categories
SUP Surfboard Class
SUP Stock Class
SUP 14’ Class
50 + SUP Class
16 &Under -must have own escort boat
Paddleboard Women and Men Categories
V-1 (Fun Run)
There are awards for all top three finishers. Grand Prize winners will be announced as the overall top three fastest SUP Women, SUP Men, Prone Women, and Prone Men.