Na Pali Race is a Stand Up Paddleboard, Prone Paddleboard, OC-1/2 and Surf Ski 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 one of 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, history, and culture of indigenous peoples.
“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. Each year $10 from each entry fee as well as any monies raised during the event for the donation drawing are given to support the efforts of the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana. To learn more about the ‘Ohana please visit
Suggested donation to Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana is $20. For each $5 contributed donation you will receive one donation drawing ticket. For every $20 worth of tickets you will receive 5 tickets. Donation drawing tickets can also be purchased separately.
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 are limited to SUP and Paddleboard depending on logistics and permitting and in consideration of prizes and prize money.

Although we provide escort boats for the event, we do not offer individual one to one attention unless there is an emergency. Contestants are encouraged to have their own escort boats. The boats are merely for spotting support and 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.  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 and the start and finish line beach areas have spotty cellular service at best. Paddlers must have both ocean and paddleboard experience to participate in the Na Pali Race.
Safety will be provided by certified water patrol lifeguards, who will be of service in case of any emergencies. There will be three lifeguards on PWC during the race and one lifeguard at Polihale for the duration of the day. Haena County Park has lifeguards as well.
Divisions are:
“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 Fun Run

SUP Stock Class included in 14’ and under class

SUP 14’ Class

SUP Unlimited

50 + SUP Class

14’ SUP age 40 and over Warrior Class
Paddleboard Women and Men Categories

Prone Stock
 Prone Unlimited



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  1. steve cole says:

    Evan, I was about to sign up for the race and wanted to know how to make a donation to Tyrus… is it included in the registration? or a place where it can be noted?

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