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Na Pali Race 2018 Results

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Na Pali Race 2018 Results

Na Pali Race 2018 Safety and Hydration

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

HI Everyone,

Conditions look to be lining up for a good run this Sunday.
Here are a few things to keep in mind for safety.
It is every important that everyone have safe, solid and reliable equipment. So prep your craft tomorrow and make sure everything is solid.
The most important thing is a leash. Your craft must have a LEASH! This is an event liability but more importantly a major safety concern and could be a lifesaver. So please be prepared and have a leash attached to your craft during check in.
Once underway in strong windy conditions the field gets very spread out.
All participants, especially those starting at Anini please shoot from point to point because its too dangerous to take the outside line way out at sea. Our escort boats can’t cover all that ground. Furthermore there has never been a proven benefit of taking the outside line as those who take a mid line or inside line always have similar times.
The recommended line is about 200 feet to 2,000 feet from the coast. Far enough away from the cliff to avoid refractions but close enough to shore to be able to make it in during the event or an emergency and also to be in a more trafficked area for visibility.
If you are ever separated from your craft swim directly to shore. Do not start to swim the course towards the finish or start line. Get in to shore. If there are cliffs when you get to shore then swim parallel as there are lots of places to get onto shore safely along the coast. Plus there a more chances of people seeing you if you are in need.
 Have a partner system and look out for other paddlers.
Hydration is important. Our escort boats are there to be spotters. Under emergency they are there to help but the course is for each participant to complete unassisted if possible.
Steve Cole will have a limited amount of Kole Gear hydration packs set up at the start of the race. Please see him and Kole Gear for a pack. First come, first served.
Thanks to Tamba Surf Company there will be more refreshments at the Polhale finish line.
Best of Luck.


2018 Tentative Schedule and notes

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Kalihikai (Anini) to the east of the boat ramp pavilions 1 and 2.
8 am- 10 am check in for SUP,  Prone Paddleboard, and Fun Runs who have a start line in Haena.
8 am – 11 am check in for OC-1, OC-2, Surfski who start at Anini.
9 am – 10 am Opening Ceremony Pule with Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana.
10 am All SUP, Paddleboard, and Fun Run participants who have Haena start board onto event hired escort boats or private escort boats and head to Haena. These participants will then prepare equipment and reset for the start of their race.
11:15 am – 11:30 am Haena Start estimated run 2-5 hours 17 miles
11 am start Anini for OC-1, OC-2, surfski estimate run 3-5 hours 24.5 miles
All participants must pass 12 mile Miloli’i point by 4 pm or will be asked to get in escort boat.
4:30 – 5 pm Finish line wrap Polihale Everyone please do not block any traffic in the parking lot or any roads at Polihale.
5:30 pm- 8 pm Awards, food , drink Kekaha Neighborhood Center
8 pm Shuttle back to airport and back north leaves Kekaha Neighborhood Center
More Notes: please read
Haena Start line entrants who have tickets on our event escort boats need to bring equipment to Hanalei Surf School tomorrow Thursday 8/2/18 at 5 pm.
Hanalei Surf School
5-5080 A. Kuhio, Hwy.
Hanalei, HI 96714
(If you are a SUP team or have your own private escort boat you do not bring equipment to us.)
You will meet up with your equipment in Haena on race day to start your course in Haena.
All canoe participants who are hiring our round trip shuttle service need to bring canoes to start line as we will travel with no trailers on the morning of the event. All equipment that we are taking care of need to either get to start or get into our hands before Saturday. Email us if you have hired shuttle service and need to get your canoe to start line. We can trailer canoes on the return trip back from Polihale.
*Inter-island board shipping and caddy service includes trailering of equipment but not passengers.
*Race day shuttle service includes both passenger and equipment transportation on race day.
*Event hired escort boat to Haena start line gets your equipment to Haena before the race, and gets each participant who has booked this service a ride to meet their equipment for the Haena start line, but does not include other services.
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Everyone please be safe and look to for one another. Make sure equipment is on proper condition.

Registration OPEN

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Registration OPEN

Please register on our sign up page on this website.

For those participants who are paddling SUP or Prone in the race please purchase the extra item for sale “Haena Startline first 40 SUP / Prone Paddleboard”.  After further consideration this nominal fee of $26.04 will help the event off set the extra logistics with trailering and the escort boats.

There are currently 40 tickets available.

SUPs and paddle boards will need to be dropped off no later than Thursday August 2, 2018 at 5 pm at Hanalei Surf School at 5-5080 A. Kuhio Hwy. Hanalei, HI 96714. We need to start getting them to the start line in Haena for storage until race day. The boards that are being shipped from off island will arrive on Kauai on Thursday and be taken to storage for race day as well.

Our board caddy trailer and inclusive shipping service is now $156.25. Take advantage of this incredible service and don’t worry about you board the whole time. This includes shipping inter island to and from Oahu or Maui, trailering before the event so your board will be at the startling, return shipping back to Oahu or Maui. Your board will be completely taken care of.

Further information can be found on this website and our recent post “Na Pali Race 2018 Update”.

Aloha and hope to see you there.

Na Pali Race 2018 Update

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Aloha Everyone,


I hope this message finds you well.


We are still planning to hold the consecutive 9th Annual Na Pali Race on Sunday August 5, 2018!


In an ideal situation the road to Haena would be open and we would continue with our normal event procedures with the startline at Haena Beach Park. But do to the recent landslides that have caused major damage to the road and its closure this will be the most likely scenario:


Opening Ceremony at Anini Beach


Start of race for OC-1, OC–2 and surf ski at Anini Beach Approx 24.5 total miles to Na Pali Race finish at Polihale.


Holopuni Sailing Canoes optional start Anini, Hanalei, or Haena.


First 40 SUP and paddleboard race entrants will have included escort boat service after ceremony to Haena for start of race provided by our event. All equipment will potentially need to be delivered to Hanalei Surf School by Thursday August 2nd, 2018 for transport to Haena where participants will later meet up with their craft near start line. All entries after number 40 in SUP or paddleboard will have to stand by or seek or hire their own escort boat to Haena or optional and highly encouraged for entire course.


Start of SUP, paddleboard, SUP team race will be at Haena Beach Park either water start or beach start approximately 17 miles same race course or similar to previous events.

We will be accepting entries starting Friday June 15, 2018 7 pm through Sunday July 22nd, 2018 at 9 pm.


It is important that entries are received by Sunday July 22nd to insure that all participants receive race jerseys.


Na Pali Race jerseys are bright for SAFETY, to support our sponsors, and to be an official part or race.


We will still accept entries after deadline for an extra late fee charge but cannot guarantee a race jersey or an official time score or placing in the results. No jersey = DNF. Jersey must be worn at all times throughout the event.



Please make safe decisions and prepare to follow these event rules.

All craft should be in excellent operating condition including paddles. Your craft is your lifeline.

All participants in every category must wear a leash. The wind and waves are faster and stronger than any person.


For those boards or craft that do not have a connection for a leash please buy a glue on leash plug, here is an example-


Ideally everyone would hire their own escort boat for ultimate safety.


Another few things to consider- a handheld VHF would be an awesome safety precaution to have with you on the paddle and so would a small safety kit including a bright orange tarp and mirror like those used by kayakers.


Although we are confident in our safety team of PWC and escort boats it is a big playing field and the spread of the race gets extremely large. Therefore it is of utmost importance to make safe decisions and be prepared to complete the course with your own paddle power.


Event Services:


Na Pali Race offers extremely convenient event services such as shipping and board caddy transfer from Molokai to Oahu paddleboard race finish line to Na Pali Race start line then return Oahu, Maui or Hawaii after the event.


Na Pali Race also offers race day shuttle and trailer services making logistics very easy.


Please view and follow our facebook NA PALI RACE and instagram @napalirace pages for updates. Or email


Thank you to everyone who has supported this event in the past and continues to participate. It is a special race made so by those who join in for the thrill of adventure and the spirit of Na Pali Coast.




Na Pali Race 2017 Results

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Na Pali Race 2017 Results


Start Times-

Holopuni 12:40.20 pm

SUP, Paddleboard, Team SUP,  Fun Run, Foil : 12:40.50 pm

OC-1, OC-2, Surfski, V-1 Rudderless Canoe: 1:10.00 pm


Click here for results-


SUP, Paddleboard, Team SUP, Fun Run, Foil


OC-1, OC-2, Surfski, V-1 Rudderless Canoe

Holopuni Sailing Canoe

Watch the Na Pali Race 2016

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Na Pali Race 7 Results

Monday, August 8th, 2016

A few things to know

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Please learn your racer number, it makes check in process easier and quicker. Please write your racer number on your arm upon check in so that it is clear at the finish line. This helps the results.

Haena set up is simple. Please bring all your pre-race necessities and hydration.

At Polihale finish we have shade tents, water and Purps Hydration and Fuel drinks.

There will be food, music and drink at awards.

Polihale is very hot, stay hydrated.

Please be aware to not block any traffic at Polihale when we are loading the boards and equipment at the end of the day. There are other park users and we need to be aware not to hinder other beach users and traffic.

Please no driving on the beach. It has been requested many times by our state permit that we do not drive on the beach for this event.

More updates to come…

Schedule Na Pali Race 2016

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Na Pali Race 2016 Schedule

Check in 10 am – 11 am

Pule 11:30 am

Fun Run 12:00 pm

SUP and Prone Paddleboard Race 12:20 pm

OC1/2 Surfski Race 12:40 pm

Holopuni Sailing Canoe Race 1:00 pm

Finish at Polihale 3:00-4:30 pm

Awards, food, music 5:00-9 pm